Missing Warren woman, 22, found dead, police say

Ursula Watson, Karen Bouffard, and Steve Pardo
The Detroit News

The storage lot where Theresa DeKeyzer's body was discovered Friday in a concrete-capped barrel 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."


DeKeyzer was last seen on June 16 when her boyfriend, Scott Wobbe, 37, said he dropped her off four blocks from her home near Nine Mile and Van Dyke. Wobbe 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.

The 22-year-old, missing since June 16, 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.

'A lot of love'

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."

Molly Caporale, Marie DeKeyzer, and Leah DeKeyzer talk about the disappearance of family member, Theresa DeKeyzer, age 22.

Formal identification today

Mary Mazur, spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, said positive identification of the body is expected to happen Saturday, when forensic dentists will compare the deceased's teeth to DeKeyzer's dental records.

"Until we can confirm this, and it is a record of formal identification, I cannot say it's her," Mazur said late Friday. "It's one of these sad situations that is just unfortunate."

Warren police confirmed Friday afternoon the body has been "tentatively" identified as DeKeyzer.

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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