A teenager has been arrested and charged after he strangled his mother to death.
19-year-old Garrett Behlau is accused of killing his 54-year-old mother, Theresa Behlau.
He was yesterday arrested after his father watched how it happened on the home security footage eight hours away.
The father then contacted Chattanooga police at around 2:30 p.m.
The caller told police he was about eight hours out of town but had just reviewed home security footage where he saw his son, Garrett Behlau, strangle his mother, Theresa Behlau, “until she was lifeless,” Hamilton County court records state.
He noted that in the video, Garrett Behlau drag his mother’s body out of the camera’s view, after he had killed her
When the police got to the home, Garrett Behlau was said to be sitting on the floor in his bedroom, according to court records.
when they asked him where his mother was, he had replied that she was “in the woods,”
When officers searched the woods, they found Theresa Behlau’s lifeless body, her head covered in Saran wrap.
The affidavit states that investigators later viewed the video footage showing Garrett strangling his mother, dragging her body away, then returning with paper towels to clean up the crime scene.
The 19-year-old is charged with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence. His bond was set to $300,000, and his first court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 25.