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June 4, 2014

Woman missing, husband in custody

Investigation leads police to search property in northern Michigan

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

EDITOR'S NOTE: Story updated at 4:55 p.m. June 5

WARREN — Police reportedly searched a property in northern Michigan for 51-year-old Kimberly Ann Dejohn June 5, while her husband remained held in the Macomb County Jail on a domestic violence charge.

Warren Police Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said Dejohn, of Warren, was reported missing on May 28, two weeks after people she knows last reported seeing her.

“She went missing on May 14,” Mills said. “The husband never reports her missing. When the family reaches out to him and says where is she at, he says the Warren police took her.”

Loyd Dejohn, 47, allegedly told family members his wife was taken into custody out of concern for her mental health, but Mills said records showed that never occurred.

“We didn’t have contact with her. On May 26, her sister called and reported her missing,” Mills said.

Kimberly Dejohn’s sister reportedly asked police to check on her, and officers were dispatched to the couple’s home in the 21000 block of Sherwood, just north of Eight Mile Road. Police were unable to locate Kimberly Dejohn, or her purple Dodge Dakota.

Mills said her sister filed a missing person report on May 28 and that the case was assigned to a detective.

Warren police, assisted by Michigan State Police investigators, later executed a search warrant at the home on Sherwood and reportedly recovered evidence of a possible assault.

“I’m not treating it as a missing person. I’m treating it as a possible homicide,” Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green said June 5. “We interviewed him. He confirmed that he had a physical altercation with her.”

Green would not elaborate on what investigators found at the home on Sherwood, but said evidence led detectives to a property in Millersburg, near the tip of the Lower Peninsula, owned by Loyd Dejohn’s grandmother.

Mills said Loyd Dejohn made admissions while in custody about an alleged domestic assault but that he later requested an attorney. He was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated domestic violence, a one-year misdemeanor.

The investigation remained ongoing June 5 and police continued to seek information about Kimberly Dejohn’s whereabouts. She was described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and 165 pounds, with brown hair and eyes, and was last seen on foot leaving her home on Sherwood in the early morning hours of May 14. 

Loyd Dejohn was arraigned June 3 in the 37th District Court. He remained held in the Macomb County Jail with bail set at $500,000 by Judge Dean Ausilio. He was scheduled to be back in court for a pretrial hearing at 8:45 a.m. June 19.

According to court records, he retained attorney Rachel Aviles to represent him. She could not be immediately reached.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to contact the Warren Police Department immediately at (586) 574-4790.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.