In April 2021, a beloved mother and grandmother appeared to disappear from her home in Franklin, Michigan. The sudden disappearance of Dean Warner meant that relatives were looking for her with little success. The latest episode of NBC News »The Dateline: Missing in America podcast delves into the circumstances surrounding Dee’s disappearance and the ensuing investigation. So if you want more information, we are here for you.
What happened to Dean Warner?
Dee Ann Warner grew up in Michigan and is described as an outgoing. She has no problem making friends and gets along well with everyone. She had four children from her first marriage before being with Dale Warner. The two married in 2006 and have a daughter, Angelina, who was 9 at the time of the incident. Dee is a savvy businesswoman who runs a successful trucking business.
On April 25, 2021, Rikkell Bock, one of Dee’s daughters, joins her family for breakfast at Dee’s each week around 9 a.m. At the time, the 52-year-old was not at home. But Rikkell continued to cook breakfast, assuming her mother was in the office on the same property. Dee, however, was nowhere to be found. Calls on her phone went straight to voicemail and no one seemed to hear from her. The same day, the family reported Dee missing.
Is Dean Warner dead or alive?
When Rikkell arrived at Dee’s house, she also failed to find Dale and Angelina. After hours of searching, he called Rikkell to find out where his mother was. At the time, Angelina was staying with a family friend, which troubled Rickel. Without her young daughter, her mother could go nowhere. When Dee’s brother, Gregg Hardy, talks to Dale, he hears a startling story. According to Dale, Dee left the house with her wallet, phone, travel bag and curling iron, but it seemed unusual to her.
Authorities are now investigating Dale’s relationship with Dee. The couple have been married for more than a decade, but according to Rikkell, they often argue over the home business. Private investigator Billy Little later learned that Dee’s trucking company had finance Dell’s agricultural business lost about $1 million. During a conversation before Dee disappeared, the loving grandmother said Rikkell Talk about About leaving Dale and securing a divorce.
When questioned, Dyer provided police with conflicting statements. At first, he claimed the two had a horrific altercation on the night of April 24. But then Dale claimed it was just a quarrel, after which he massaged her on the living room floor. He said Dee had fallen asleep, then he carried her to the couch. Dale claimed to have seen her when she left the house around 6 a.m. Authorities learned that Dee had an argument with Dale and some of his employees the day before she disappeared.
When Dale was asked where his wife was, he said she was in Jamaica or Mexico, according to Billy. Dyer said she may have run off with another man with more money. However, there is no evidence that Dee is gone. Surveillance cameras at the property gave no clues, there was no activity in her bank and there was no indication that she had left the country. Despite a thorough search of the property, all authorities found were Dee’s keys.
Bowl To believe Dyer killed his wife and hid her body during a domestic dispute. Police have not named him a suspect but insist Dale is a person of interest. According to Billy, Dyer had physically assaulted her in the past, and his story of what happened didn’t match up. Additionally, Dale was reportedly seen near his father’s house between 3:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. on April 25. He was scavenging for digging equipment and a chemical that burned his fingerprints.
Billy also mentioned that a month before Dee disappeared, Dyer told a few others about his wife’s murder. As he put it, Dyer said, “They will never find his body. Karma, she got what she asked for. Billy also discovered that between 10:30 p.m. on April 24 and the early hours of April 25 at 3 a.m., the lights in Dee’s house were on. The last text from Dee’s phone was around 10:52 p.m., and his phone and watch were offline around 2:30 a.m. on April 25.
Authorities insisted the case was ongoing, and Michigan State Police recently took over the investigation. Although the family does not know if Dee is still alive, they continue to search for her. Rikkell said: “I want someone to be in charge. I really want to be able to shut her up because at this point I can’t even explain to my kids where Nana is because I can’t – I have no proof that she’s 100% gone. So we need an ending like this, our kids need it, our little sister needs it too – so we can move on and start the grieving process.
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