'There's a Body in the Boat': Interview with Boat Owner Who Found Marathon Bombing Suspect

Watertown homeowner tells the *real* story of how he found a body in his boat.

WATERTOWN, MA -- Dave Henneberry says he never saw Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's face.

Nor, at first, did he see any blood.

In an interview with WCVB-TV, the Watertown homeowner who stumbled on the Boston Marathon bombing suspect in the boat in the driveway says the sequence of events was not at all what we've been hearing since Friday night.

Henneberry said it all started when he had noticed two of the boat's roller pads had fallen to the ground. So when the police gave the OK to go out again after being 'in lockdown' in Watertown all day Friday, Henneberry went out to check the pads.

So while everybody believes Henneberry went out to the boat because he saw blood, he says that is not true.

"There was no indication of anything."

He says he went to garage to grab a stepladder to peer through the shrink-wrap over the boat.

Then he saw blood.

"A good amount of blood." He tried to remember if he'd cut himself last time he'd been around the boat.

Then he saw a body. He couldn't see the face. He didn't look at the face.

"I didn't waste any time. I didn't ask him if he wanted a cup of coffee; I was out of there," Henneberry said.

He called 911 and said there was a body in the boat. Then the Franklin Street homeowner went right back outside.

Police responded immediately; he and his wife were whisked away.

We all know about how Tsarnaev was taken into custody that night.

Henneberry figures Tsarnaev may have slept in the boat all night Thursday into Friday morning.

Henneberry waves off talk of him being a hero.

"I'm an incidental hero," Henneberry said. "I wasn't out on the prowl, I was out to see my boat and I stumbled across this thing."

How does he feel about the groundswell effort to buy him a new boat to replace the bullet-riddled one?

"It makes me feel wonderful ... but it's [only] a boat. There are people who have lost lives and limbs. I'd rather the money goes to the One Fund Boston."

After all, he said, "I've got a canoe in the garage."

Dave Schroeder April 24, 2013 at 02:14 PM
I have a sneaking suspicion that there is somebody out there that would pay a good price to have that boat. What a story it has !!!
babyof8 April 24, 2013 at 02:14 PM
What an interview. Thank you to this boat owner for seeing the issues wrong with this boat and for call 911 immediately and not trying to be a hero. I applaud you and your thoughtfulness in giving the money offered for a new boat to the victims. May god bless you..
Jay Flibbert April 24, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Now this is a MAN, a very well spoken stand up MAN. Thank you sir for being normal as the rest of the country seems to concentrate on blaming this person and blaming that agency, etc etc. The facts remain that some people do NOT HAVE LEGS....Can you even imagine not HAVING YOUR LEGS? To suggest that you aren't looking for any money for your boat will hopefully bring you good fortune in the future kind sir. Again, thanks for being normal......not too many of us out there anymore.
Dave Schroeder April 24, 2013 at 02:18 PM
I'm thinking along the line of the Bonnie and Clyde car they were killed in. That thing is still on display somewhere and that was 80 years ago
kristine M Ullemeyer April 24, 2013 at 02:19 PM
What a wonderful man! My thoughts and prayers go out to all.
Theresa April 24, 2013 at 02:22 PM
WOW............Now he is a true American!!! Makes me proud.
Jerry April 24, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Very nice man. I think he could get a fortune for his boat in it's battered condition if he ever gets it back. I was shocked last night to see how the media is showing just how the suspects got all their information to build the bombs. I think that is irresponsible reporting.
Arthur Vecchiotti April 24, 2013 at 02:26 PM
I'm sorry, but I really don't feel that this person has to be labelled as a hero. He saw something wrong with his boat and went to check on it - anyone would have done that. He found the suspect, and as anyone would have done, called the police. He is a good man, but not really a hero
Leonard Steve Abram April 24, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Wow! what a thoughtful and very special man, to think of the families first! Now THAT makes him a HERO!!!:) God bless you Sir, we need more Americans, or should I say people like you!
Dave Schroeder April 24, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Get the message to Henneberry -- DON'T FIX THE HOLES!! they are worth their weight in gold. Put the boat on display somewhere that tourists are and charge a "buck a look". You can raise all kinds of funds for the injured.
Joanne Theobald April 24, 2013 at 02:33 PM
What a wonderful example this MAN is sharing with all of us. I trust we can use this information to follow in his footsteps and not be to greedy for all of our needs. He is an angel to all of us.....
Ronald Ocharo April 24, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Greed has destroyed the world and this man is the few the world needs.
and15y April 24, 2013 at 02:39 PM
He's an emotional guy but it is an extraordinary situation to find oneself in..
Mary Rio April 24, 2013 at 02:39 PM
It's sad that so many of you are focusing on the money he can get for the boat and missing the point of the story. He's a stand up man with his priorities set in the right place. He is saying how possessions are not what matters but that peoples lives are what matters and here you all go talking about how much money he could get.
Antonia Esperanza April 24, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Good Man. Your Mother did a good job.GB you and your family.
mike moore April 24, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Mr. Henneberry may have only been an incidental hero at first - but his response to the offers to buy him a new boat have earned him the title of a genuine one. Nice work, sir.
unknownauthor April 24, 2013 at 02:56 PM
I heard that if "the boat owner" had not had gone outside to smoke a CIGARETTE he would not have made "his discovery" until much later!
Jane April 24, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Great heartfelt post ~ KUDOS, Jay Flibbert!!!!
Mary Frances April 24, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Arthur V. is missing the point. People are complimenting Mr. Henneberry for being a responsible, level-headed, empathetic, generous person because of how he reacted when he found a body in his boat. In addition, for him to even consider giving the reimbursement money for his boat to " One Boston Fund" instead of keeping it. There are not to many Mr. Henneberry's around anymore and he is a hero just for that reason. Mr. H. doesn't think anyone should be considering him a hero. He explained he just went outside because he noticed two of his boat's roller pads had fallen to the ground. Mr. Henneberry states he only to stumbled upon this body because he checked on his boat. Wish there were more Mr. Henneberry's out there!
Geoff Burton April 24, 2013 at 03:16 PM
That's what he said.
Geoff Burton April 24, 2013 at 03:21 PM
" I have a canoe in the garage " What a great guy, his glass is defiantly half full.
Dodson April 24, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Sounds like he saw the pads had fallen first, then he went to fix them & got a smoke at the same time. Not necessarily because he "needed to smoke a cigarette" a la Rush Limbaugh. Yet another Rush Tall Tale (TM) exposed?
unknownauthor April 24, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Well Mr. or Ms. Dodson it is quite obvious that you are a "smoke nazi!" He wanted to have a cigarette & his wife told him to go outside & that's when he noticed the boat!
Heather April 24, 2013 at 05:30 PM
What a wonderful man! Who cares if he does or doesn't smoke!? His heart is in the right place and he is a genuinely good person. I love that he isn't trying to make money off his story or his boat-- which he certainly could. This is the type of neighbor we could all use. Leave him be!
unknownauthor April 24, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I applaud the man! I think him smoking cigarettes makes him more down to earth!
Felix perez April 24, 2013 at 07:14 PM
God bless this man for his genosity well done. And please who cares if he went out to smoke a cigarette or to fix the cover on his roll
Patty Beeftink April 24, 2013 at 07:18 PM
It will probably be confiscated and held as evidence.
Barbara April 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM
What a nice man! He has a huge heart!
june April 24, 2013 at 11:46 PM
He is so nice to donate any money to the victims. And he is so lucky that the kid didn't throw any explosives at him or fire a gun into him at close range. Very lucky indeed.
Joe Cottam April 25, 2013 at 12:28 AM
This man is a hero !...and ST. Peter wiil swing the gates of heaven open for him. He is one in a million and he has restored my faith in mankind. May God richly bless him and all the victims in this senseless tragedy.


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