‘Spiritual advisor’ charged with helping Jacob Clare prior to kidnapping

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GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Wilson County woman has been arrested in connection with the Jacob Clare case, which sparked a nationwide search for 3-year-old Gallatin boy Noah Clare, who was missing for nearly two weeks.

Gallatin police reported 37-year-old Marisa Henson of Wilson County was arrested Tuesday.

Marisa Henson
Marisa Henson (Courtesy: Gallatin Police Department)

Jacob Clare is accused of kidnapping his 3-year-old son and 16-year-old niece, taking them to California.

Investigators told News 2 Henson had prior knowledge of the alleged kidnapping and helped Jacob Clare plan the alleged crime, including helping him obtain the vehicle that was ultimately spotted in California.

Gallatin police reported Henson unlawfully assisted Jacob Clare in the kidnapping of Noah Clare and his cousin. Henson had knowledge of Clare’s plan and at no time attempted to stop the plan nor did she alert authorities, according to Gallatin police.

According to an affidavit, On October 20, Henson met Clare at Opry Mills where he told her he planned to run off with his 16-year-old niece and son. While at Opry Mills, Clare had Henson look up cars for sale on Facebook Marketplace so the search couldn’t be traced back to his phone.

On November 4, Henson allegedly drove Clare to Smyrna where he purchased a Subaru Legacy from an individual. The affidavit said he then drove to Henson’s house and loaded clothing and camping gear into the car.

Clare temporarily parked the Subaru in the parking lot of a Hermitage strip mall and Henson gave him a ride back to her residence. He had removed stickers from the car and tinted its windows.

According to the affidavit, Henson used her phone to look up the fastest route to Bowling Green, Ky. to pick up his 16-year-old niece. Clare proceeded to pick up his son from his mother before driving to pick up his niece who had run away from her residence.

On November 7, the document said the Subaru was detected in Arizona on Highway 95 through license plate readers. Nine days later, TBI reported the car had been spotted driving in Arizona within the last week and later said the car was seen in California.

When asked what the relationship was between Clare and Henson, investigators told News 2 she was his spiritual advisor.

Henson is charged with felony criminal responsibility, which is a class B felony. She is currently being held on a $125,000 bond.

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