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8-20-20 Arrest/Homicide - 2600 block Waterfront Drive

  • Police were contacted to check the well-being of an adult female and adult male who live at the residence.
  • Upon arrival, police located the adult male and a deceased adult female.
  • Based on evidence obtained at the scene and interview of the adult male, investigators determined the woman's death was a criminal act caused by the adult male.
  • Suspect is charged with Criminal Homicide , Abuse of a Corpse, and Tampering with Evidence.
  • Suspect is in custody at the Hamilton County Jail.
  • Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call the CPD Homicide tip line at 423-643-5100 or submit tips by downloading CPD's mobile app, Chattanooga PD Mobile, for free on iPhone and Android.


Theresa Behlau (female, 54)


Garrett Behlau (male, 19)

DOB: 11-29-00

The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available.


NOTE: The preceding information is preliminary and is subject to change as the investigation continues.

Chattanooga Police Department
3410 Amnicola Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37406 (map)

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM

Emergencies: 911

To report a crime or request assistance: (423) 698-2525

General Information:
(423) 643-5000

Crime Prevention and Community Outreach:
(423) 643-5090

Crime Stoppers Hotline:
(423) 698-3333

Drug Tip Hotline:
(423) 493-BUST (2878)

Homicide Tip Line: 
(423) 643-5100

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