Missing Livonia mom found dead Wednesday, police said

Livonia — Friends and family of a Livonia mother of two found dead Wednesday from an apparent suicide after being missing for two days say she was the "sweetest" person and had just talked to loved ones recently.


Kasey DeBat, 36, was last seen at about 7 p.m. Monday leaving her home in her white 2019 Ford Flex, according to media reports. 

"Unfortunately, it appears at this time that she is the victim of an apparent suicide," police said in a release.

Her body was found in Northfield Township, north of Ann Arbor, in Washtenaw County, Fox 2 reported.

DeBat was a photographer who had her own business, Family in Bloom, specializing in maternity and family photos.

"You will be missed so so much Aunt Kasey," wrote Kelci Sanchez on Facebook. "To think the last time we talked, we were talking about you taking pictures for Nate and I when we finally become pregnant and having you do the announcement pictures when the time came! I still can’t believe you are gone!"

David Lawrence, a friend of DeBat's since middle school, said he just spoke to her two days ago and she "seemed fine" and in "good spirits." He said she had struggled with anxiety issues in the past and had recently changed medications.

"The week before that she drove my wife to the hospital with some health issues she was having and came over after to help me with putting the kids to bed," Lawrence wrote on Facebook. "This was the person she was. She was the sweetest person."

Livonia police were assisted in finding DeBat by the Northfield Township Police Department. 

"This investigation remains open pending the findings of the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner," police said in the release. 

A GoFundMe page for DeBat's husband and young daughters, meanwhile, had already raised $10,000 as of Friday morning.

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