MINNEAPOLIS — David and Cinda Jensen are still hurting.
“There are times Chloe will do something and I can see Addie in her,” Cinda Jensen told WCCO.
Now, the couple is raising their 3-year-old granddaughter after police say their daughter was killed.
“I think about Chloe not growing up with her mother and when I think about how being a mother was the most important thing to Addie and how it brought her so much joy it just, it just hits me,” she said.
For seven years, the couple said they supported their daughter, Addie, but worried about her relationship with Josh Dow. In 2015, Addie left Dow, and she and Chloe moved in with her parents.
In November, Addie didn’t come home. Dow told the Jensens that Addie walked away after a night downtown and that he was worried. After five days of searching, they received a call from police.
“He just said, ‘We have reason to believe your daughter is no longer alive.’ And I just screamed and just fell to the floor,” she said.
WCCO reports Dow’s brother contacted police, saying she had been shot and that he helped Dow move her body.
“He admitted to cutting up our daughter’s body,” Cindy Jensen said.
“And throwing her in the garbage,” David Jensen added.
Police never were able to find Addie’s body, so prosecutors say they don’t have enough evidence to charge Josh Dow with murder. In March, he pleaded guilty to interfering with a dead body and the sale of drugs.
Dow claims Addie killed herself and he hid the evidence so Chloe would never know that her mother committed suicide.
Now, Dow is seeking joint custody of Chloe. It’s something that terrifies the Jensens, who want to adopt Chloe but can’t unless Dow terminates his parental rights.
“I don’t know how I can hand our granddaughter over to the man who cut up and threw her mother away. How can you let him have parenting time for what he did?” David Jensen said.
Experts do not believe a court will grant his joint custody request.