Dental remains confirm body as that of Warren woman

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
The Detroit News
  • Dental remains recovered from a Plymouth storage lot belong to Theresa DeKeyzer.
  • The 22-year-old Warren woman was missing since June 16.
  • DeKeyzer was last seen with her boyfriend Scott Wobbe, who is now the primary suspect in the case.
  • The storage lot was rented by an unidentified man nine days after DeKeyzer disappeared.

A forensic dentist confirmed Saturday that remains found in a concrete-capped barrel in a Plymouth storage lot belong to Theresa DeKeyzer.

The 22-year-old Warren woman missing since June 16 and who was last seen with her boyfriend Scott Wobbe, who is now the primary suspect in the case.

“The forensic dentist completed review of dental records earlier today, confirming a match between the body found of the missing woman and the remains found,” said Mary Mazur, spokeswoman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

An autopsy is pending.

The storage lot where DeKeyzer's body was discovered Friday was rented by a man nine days after the Warren woman disappeared.

Doris Temple, manager of Travel Trailer Storage on Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth Township, wouldn't identify the man who rented the space, citing privacy.

"It was an enclosed trailer, it had no windows, no nothing, just the back opens, that's it," Temple told The Detroit News. "Sixteen feet long, maybe."

Wobbe, 37, said he dropped DeKeyzer off four blocks from her home near Nine Mile and Van Dyke. He is the last person to see her alive, police say.

Since her disappearance, DeKeyzer hadn't used her cellphone, accessed her bank account or picked up her paycheck.

In her bedroom on Lozier, police said, DeKeyzer had left her cellphone charger plugged in near her bed, and a half-finished cigarette was left in an ashtray. She also left behind her medical marijuana card, prescribed for depression/anxiety.

"I was there when the Warren detective came ... I had to show them which unit it was," Temple said late Friday. "It's not something that happens every day. We've had the lots for over 30 years."

Temple said she was not present when Warren police, along with detectives from Westland and Plymouth Township, and bomb squad personnel from the Michigan State Police, searched the trailer. An X-ray showed what were believed to be human remains inside a 55-gallon drum filled with sand and capped with concrete.

DeKeyzer was identified based on tattoos, clothing and jewelry as pictured in crime scene photos from a domestic assault June 15 — the day before she disappeared near the intersection of Lozier and Nine Mile in Warren.

Authorities were called to DeKeyser's home when, according to police records, Wobbe, in a drunken rage, dragged her by her shirt out of his car and punched her in the face.

Melody Baetens, a cousin of Dekeyzer, said the family is heartbroken, but will recover.

"My heart breaks for my cousins and my aunt," said Baetens, a Detroit News staff writer. "They have a lot of family support and they're going to get through it.

"The Dekeyzers have been through a lot these last few years, and they don't deserve this. But there's a lot of love in this family, and we're all here for them."

In a Sept. 4 article, Detroit News columnist Marney Rich Keenan wrote about DeKeyzer's disappearance. Following that report, Warren police said they received two tips that led investigators to the storage lot, police said Friday.

In a Facebook post Friday, DeKeyzer's family confirmed she was found dead and credited the Sept. 4 News column for leading to the discovery.

"We just received confirmation that Theresa has been found," the young woman's family posted. "This was a direct result of the article in the Detroit News. We have suffered a terrible loss and we appreciate all of the love, prayers, and support during this time. We ask that the media please respect our privacy and let us grieve in peace."

On July 2, Wobbe was arrested for violating probation in the alleged assault of DeKeyzer.

The probation stemmed from a conviction in February for aggravated assault and drug charges that occurred in Midland County.

On July 3, Warren police searched Wobbe's Westland home but found no evidence he had harmed his girlfriend. Police found illegal drugs, and Wobbe has been housed in the Midland County Jail facing drug charges.

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Staff reporters Ursula Watson, Karen Bouffard and Steve Pardo contributed.