Mother and son dead in tragic St. Felix Jeep fire

RCMP’s major crime unit, coroner’s office and the fire marshal’s office continues to investigate the suspicious fire

Staff ~ The Guardian
Published on June 24, 2013

Trish Hennessey’s final posting on her Facebook page reads “oh my god, my baby boy is the best… I love you Nasher, more than all the cookies in the whole word.”

Two days later, Hennessey and her four-year-old son, Nash David, were found dead in a burned-out Jeep along a lonely, dirt road in western Prince Edward Island.

What happened in the minutes and hours leading up to Friday morning at 1 a.m., when a passerby noticed the Jeep, backend in to a grassy field surrounded by trees, and engulfed in flames, is still a mystery.

But what is known is the shock that is being felt by Hennessey’s friends.

Sandra Jones of Bloomfield was one of the last people to see the 38-year-old Hennessey alive.

Jones spent Thursday afternoon with Hennessey, who lived in Stratford.

Jones, weeping uncontrollably, says she’s still in shocked.

“She’s an amazing person, such a caring, loving person, she never judged anyone, she loved life,” said Jones, who went to school with Hennessey 17 years ago and have been close friends ever since.

“She loved her little boy so much, she loved him, she loved him so much. He was her life.”

The RCMP’s major crime unit, coroner’s office and the fire marshal’s office continue to investigate the gruesome discovery found at 110 Martin Road in St. Felix, a stone’s throw away from Tignish.

Tignish firefighters thought they were dealing with a routine fire.

That changed when they opened the doors to the black Jeep Wrangler and found the two bodies in the backseat.

The fire has been described as suspicious however the cause and origin of that fire remains unknown.  

The forensic autopsies have been completed however the cause of death is also still not known.

RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar said they have positively identified the woman in the Jeep, however he still cannot confirm it is Hennessey.

It could be another week before they positively identify the child.

“The scene is not that easily processed because we’re dealing with an outdoor scene and a fire scene on top of two deaths,” said Blackadar.

“We have to go very slowly and very methodically through that scene and that’s what’s causing us some delays.”  

Police will release more information Monday.

But Blackadar said a planned news conference on Monday will now be delayed. He said lab reports are taking longer than expected.

“What we felt would be coming early this week won’t be coming until next week.”

Hennessey leaves behind her parents Rita (nee MacDonald) Hennessey and Deryl Hennessey (Mary Fisher); brother, Keegan; sister, Cheri (Larry) MacAulay; nieces, Haydyn and Emma MacAulay; and grandmother, Connie Hennessey.

A public memorial will be held at the Hennessey Cutcliffe Charlottetown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, June 27 at 11 a.m.

Interment will be held later in the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Charlottetown.

There is no visitation by the family’s request. Flowers are also being declined.

A death noticed published in Monday's edition of The Guardian says memorial contributions may be made to Victim Services, Anderson House, or the I.W.K. Health Centre.

Jones said Hennessey, who worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown answering incoming calls, loved western P.E.I. and dreamed of living in that part of the province.

However, she doesn’t know why she was in West Prince late Thursday night.

“I texted her all night, I said ‘Trish, please answer me, please answer me.’ I said ‘I won’t even tell anybody where you are if you just answer me.’”

That left Jones with an awful feeling that something wasn’t right.

Jones, who has lit two candles in her home in memory of her good friend and her son, is pleading with people not to judge her friend.

Two weeks ago, Jones and Hennessey spent an evening together and Hennessey wanted Jones, a well known singer, to sing her favorite song, Martina McBride’s Independence Day.

The lyrics tell a story of a woman’s response to domestic abuse from the point of view of her daughter.

Jones will sing that song at Hennessey’s memorial service on Thursday.

“One thing I learned from her, is to never judge anybody because nobody knows what somebody has been through, nobody knows.”