According to Harold Henthorn, Lynn went underneath the car to retrieve a lug nut that she dropped. At the same time, he threw the flat tire into the trunk of the Jeep, causing the car to fall off the jack and crush Lynn to death.
A group of passersby stopped to help at the scene of the accident. Patricia Montoya describes the scene as "odd." She says her group made an effort to pull Lynn Henthorn out from underneath the Jeep, despite Harold's objections. She also recalls using her jacket to cover Lynn to keep her warm until an ambulance arrived, and Harold not wanting to take off his jacket to cover Lynn. Lynn died several hours later in a hospital.
Five years after Lynn Henthorn's tragic death, Harold Henthorn found love again through a Christian dating site where he met his second wife, Toni. A prominent ophthalmologist in Jackson, Mississippi, Toni connected with Harold through their deep-rooted Christian faith.
Denver CBS affiliate, KCNC, reported on the accident and later, Investigative Reporter Brian Maass received an anonymous email tip from a viewer who said Harold Henthorn's first wife also died under unusual circumstances.
After Toni Henthorn's death, Douglas County Coroner Lora Thomas learned from a neighbor about the odd circumstances of the death of Harold Henthorn's first wife, Lynn, which prompted Thomas to investigate further.
After taking a closer look at the unusual similarities between both of Harold Henthorn's wives deaths, Coroner Lora Thomas changed the manner of death for Lynn Henthorn from "accident" to "undetermined".
Credit: US District Court for the District of Colorado
Victim Number 3?
Harold Henthorn had millions of dollars worth of life insurance money on both of his wives. According to federal authorities, he had also taken out a policy on his former sister-in-law, Grace Rishell, pictured right.
Rishell believes it is logical to conclude that she would have been the third victim.
Lynn and Toni Henthorn share many tragic connections, including their final resting spot. Harold Henthorn, who quickly had the bodies of both wives cremated, spread their ashes, 17 years apart, in the same spot.