(L.A.) Henry Jernigan, 50, Found Dead in U-Haul Truck

Case Number: 2024-06476

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 50-year-old Black male.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Henry Jernigan.

Born in Contra Costa County. Mother’s maiden name is Scott.

Manner of Death: Homicide

Cause of Death: Gunshot Wound of the Head

RIP HENRY E JERNIGAN (July 21, 1973 – April 18, 2024)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Thursday at 11:33 a.m.

The decedent’s body was found lifeless inside a stolen U-Haul truck that was parked and impeding traffic in the Mid-City area.

LAPD said the body was discovered near the 2400 block of Redondo Boulevard after an area resident notified U-Haul that one of their trucks had been abandoned, was impeding traffic, and was parked at Apple Street and Redondo.

A U-Haul employee responded to the location to recover the truck, and when he opened the rear cargo space, he found a tarp wrapped around what appeared to be a human body. The employee also reported a smell of decomposition and called the police.

Upon arrival, officers confirmed it was a corpse with a gunshot wound to the head.

Man found in stolen U-Haul truck
Henry E. Jernigan’s mugshot

Jernigan had a violent rap sheet. He had served two separate prison sentences in the past eight years.

In one of the crimes for which he was sent to prison, he and an accomplice had attempted to rob a cannabis farm and fled in a U-Haul.