Authorities are working to determine whether the body of a woman found Wednesday in northern Michigan is that of a 51-year-old Warren woman missing since last month.
A tip led Warren detectives involved in the investigation of Kimberly Dejohn to Koehler Township in Cheboygan County, said Deputy Police Commissioner Louis Galasso. There, on a plot of land that has an abandoned home, the detectives, sheriff’s deputies and Michigan State Police found a shallow grave with the body of a white female, he said.
The corpse “showed signs of significant decomposition,” Galasso said. Additional details on the body’s condition were not released.
The Macomb County medical examiner is expected to retrieve the body for an autopsy and identification, Galasso said.
Police said Dejohn disappeared from her home on Sherwood after a physical altercation with her husband, Loyd Dejohn.
Authorities said Loyd Dejohn never filed a missing person report. A report was filed by Kimberly Dejohn’s sister, who was concerned about her absence.
Loyd Dejohn was arrested May 30 and arraigned on aggravated domestic assault the same day.
He had been returning from a trip to his mother’s property in Presque Isle County — about 30 miles from the Koehler Township grave site, Galasso said. Authorities searched in that area shortly after Dejohn’s arrest, he said.
Galasso declined to say whether the body found Wednesday could be Kimberly Dejohn’s, but “there are a lot of consistencies that lead us to believe we may have found our missing (person).”
Meanwhile, a preliminary examination was scheduled Thursday for Loyd Dejohn. It wasn’t immediately clear if that would be changed based on the discovery up north.