ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman is behind bars charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in connection with the May 10, 2014 murder of Elisha Henson, 30, of Pollok.
Angelina County Sheriff's investigators arrested Rosalind Welch Smith, 41, of Lufkin. According to the arrest affidavit Smith, drove the 1996 Toyota Camry belonging to Henson for several days knowing that a murder had been committed.
The affidavit goes on to say, the vehicle was used to move Henson's body from a residence in Angelina County to the boat ramp in the River Crest community.
Henson's body was discovered by some children playing in the woods, Saturday, May 10.
When interviewed by authorities on May 13, Smith told investigators that on April 26 she was told to drive a green 1996 Camry with Henson's body in the back seat, according to the affidavit. The document goes on to say Smith drove the vehicle to the boat ramp where the body was disposed of then Smith continued to drive Henson's vehicle for several days.
The affidavit stated that Smith tried to have the vehicle painted and also destroyed or chopped up but was not able to.
The affidavit goes on to say that on or around the 7th or 8th of May Smith took the vehicle to Groveton where she was able to sell it for scrap.
According to Angelina County jail records, Smith also had three traffic warrants for expired registration, no liability insurance and displaying a fictitious license plate as well as burglary of a habitation.
Smith's arrest record in the county dates back to May 2013 when she was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and had a warrant for theft by check between $20 and $500.
Smith was picked up again in January 2014 for theft of property between $1,500 and $20,000.
If you have any information about this case, please call the Angelina County Sheriff's Office at (936) 634-3331.