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March 6, 2013

911 call from teen’s death released

Boyfriend tried revive 17-year-old girlfriend

CLARKSVILLE — A recording of the 911 call the boyfriend of Tara Willenborg made after he discovered the 17-year-old girl murdered in their bedroom has been released by Clarksville police.

Joshua Lewis returned to the couple’s home in Cambridge Square Apartments in Clarksville about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, according to police, to find the girl lying lifeless and naked on their bedroom floor.

The audio track begins with Lewis’ call being answered by a dispatch operator, who first asked for the address of the emergency location.

“My girlfriend was raped and I think she’s dead. I need someone here now,” a shocked Lewis responded.

The dispatcher asked Lewis if the woman was breathing.

“No. She ain’t. There is vomit. She’s been beat,” Lewis told the dispatcher. “There was something tied around her neck. I just cut it off. She is dead. I have been doing CPR for the past 20 minutes. She ain’t coming back.”

Lewis clearly provided to the operator the address of the his and Willenborg’s location. He then informed the operator that he thought someone else had already called for an ambulance.

“Who called the ambulance?” the dispatcher asked.

“My neighbors,” Lewis responded.

“Okay. We don’t have a call on it,” the dispatcher said. “You said you’ve been doing CPR?”

Lewis confirmed that he had, then several seconds later says, “Get someone down here right now, before I kill him.”

“They are on their way, okay?” the dispatcher asked.

“Because I think my neighbor did it,” Lewis interjected.

The dispatcher told Lewis another dispatcher had sent out ambulance, then asked Lewis if he wanted to continue performing CPR.

“Yes,” he said. “Tell me what I need to do.”

The dispatcher then gave instructions on how to properly administer CPR.

For the next several minutes of the phone call, Lewis continued to receive instruction from the dispatcher as he attempted to save Willenborg’s life.

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