June 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Woman believed to be missing Warren mom strangled to death, officials say

Kimberly Dejohn (AP/WarrenPolice Department)

A woman found buried in northern Michigan — believed to be missing mother Kimberly Dejohn of Warren — died from strangulation, officials said Friday.

The death has been ruled a homicide.

The Macomb County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an internal autopsy Friday on the body found Wednesday in a shallow grave in Koehler Township. Identification is pending DNA confirmation.

Tattoos on the body match those of Dejohn, 51.

Dejohn’s husband, Loyd Dejohn, was charged with assault Thursday in 37th District Court. His bond was raised to $1 million. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

Detectives with the Warren Police Department will consult the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office about possibly increasing the criminal charges, Commissioner Jere Green said Friday.

Loyd Dejohn told police Kimberly Dejohn, who has been missing for five weeks, hit her head against a dresser after he pushed her. He said he last saw his wife May 14 when she left home after their fight.

Police found blood stains in the living room and in an upstairs closet, a Warren detective testified Thursday.

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Loyd Dejohn enters court in Warren on Thursday. Authorities have filed an ... (David Coates / The Detroit News)