Wednesday night Carpenter's car was found abandoned. Police knew he had to be nearby. By Saturday, they zeroed in on roughly three square miles of hilly farmland near Heidelberg Road, north of Fairview Church Road.
"The vantage point was either seeing rolling fields or heavy, thick foliage woods," Hensley recalled.
Police scoured the area, checking out James Hubbard's farm, asking neighbors to keep an eye out.
"I could see the headlights," Hubbard said of police. "It was 1 in the morning."
Officers set a perimeter.
"It was pitch black, it was absolutely dark," Hensley recalled.
They waited for the sun to shed some light. It was on a whim that one officer decided to drive up the road to search one more place.
"That barn never crossed my mind once," Hubbard said.
Carpenter was found inside a barn on top of the loft above the hay. Hensley said he didn't put up a fight. He was shirtless, starving and thirsty.
"Here at the scene, from what I witnessed, he didn't have anything to say," Hensley said.
The 35-year-old joins two others, Elbert Brooks and James Davidson, now charged with 2 counts of murder, and 1 count of attempted murder and burglary. Carpenter's mother told us he is a good son and father and hopes the real killer is caught.