Arrest warrant issued for missing Hendrix for murder and arson

Hendrix’s accounting business window was shattered and burned in a second arson fire Monday. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Hendrix’s accounting business window was shattered and burned in a second arson fire Monday. (Garrett Estrada photo)

The White Pine County Sheriff’s department issued a warrant for the arrest of Bruce Hendrix Wednesday morning for the murder of his wife Julia Hendrix and starting two fires, one inside his home on Ave. I and the other at his accounting office on Aultman Street.

An investigation by the Sheriff’s Department and State FireMarshal arson investigators determined the cause of both fires to be arson. Police began looking for Bruce Hendrix to bring him in for questioning after first responders arrived at his home around 7 p.m. Monday night to put out a house fire. A second fire broke at his business shortly after.

According to Sheriff Dan Watts, Hendrix was listed as a
“person of interest” Tuesday night after officers were unable to locate him or his truck. Wednesday morning the warrant for his arrest was issued out of the Ely Justice court. The warrant cites one count for open murder and two counts for arson in the first degree according to a released statement by the Sheriff’s office.

Julia Hendrix’s body was discovered inside of the home by firefighters after the fire was put out. After notifying her family, the Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Julia Hendrix was deceased when discovered. Her body was taken to Clark Court Coroner’s office for an autopsy according to the department’s statement.

“I saw smoke and flames billowing out of the house from across the street,” neighborhood resident Christie Bradley said of the scene on Monday night, “EMS arrived a few minutes later. They had the fire down pretty quick, I’d say in about five minutes.”

Despite rumors going around town that Hendrix had been found after committing suicide, Sheriff Watts said that those were not true and that police are actively looking for him as part of their ongoing investigation.

Hendrix had worked as a professional accountant for years in the community. His wife had taught at White Pine High School for years. Last year she became a substitute teacher at White Pine Middle School.

Watts released the description of Hendrix’s vehicle, a 1989 brown, Chevrolet truck with a camper shell. The Sheriff asked for anyone with information regarding Hendrix’s whereabouts or his truck to contact the Sheriff’s office at 775-289-8808.