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Police accuse man of killing his girlfriend and hauling her body on an ATV to a sinkhole in the woods

Police planned to charge a Pulaski County man with murder Wednesday after finding his girlfriend's dead body in a sinkhole deep in the woods.

Police said they believe Johnny R. Hendrix, 35, assaulted Monica Wells, 34, and hauled her body on an all-terrain vehicle to a remote spot in Eastern Pulaski County to dispose of it, according to a news release from the Pulaski County sheriff's office.

Members of the Somerset-Pulaski County Rescue Squad found Wells' body in an area well away from the home she shared with Hendrix, according to the release.

The case started Tuesday when family members reported concerns that Wells was missing. They hadn't heard from her all day, and she had not been there to greet her 8-year-old child after school.

Family members said Wells had been involved in a domestic fight with Hendrix very early Tuesday.

Police said they believed Hendrix had badly injured or killed Wells based on witness statements and evidence at the house, according to the news release.

Rescue-squad members searched for Wells without success into the night Tuesday before finding her dead Wednesday.

Lt. Brett R. Whitaker said police plan to wait for the results of an autopsy to release information about whether police think Hendrix used a weapon to assault Wells.

Police charged Hendrix with assault Wednesday but planned to upgrade the charge to murder Wednesday night. Hendrix left sometime Tuesday and has not been seen since, police said.

He is believed to be on the run with his brother, Freddy Pennington, in a black 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier, with Kentucky license 793PJJ.

Hendrix should be considered armed and dangerous, police said, and they asked that anyone with information on where he is call the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office at (606)678-5145, or local police.

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