52-year-old Dee Ann Warner lived in Tecumseh, Michigan with her husband, Dale and their 8-year-old daughter, Angelina. The couple ran a farm together and Dee has four adult children from a previous marriage.
On April 24, 2021, Dee Ann texted her friend, Amy that she was having a “bad, bad day.” According to a statement released by her brother, Gregg Hardy, Dee wrote that she was “done” with her marriage and that she was suffering from a terrible migraine that had caused her to vomit.
Dee told Amy that she had spent the entire day crying and that she planned to tell Dale that she wanted to liquidate their shared business and get a divorce when he returned home from work at 8 pm that evening.
Dee was concerned about how he would react and her loved ones later told the police that she often showed up with bruises after the couple argued.
At 7:42 pm, Amy arrived at Dee’s home to pick Angelina up for a sleepover so that Dee could talk to her husband. She was never seen alive again.
When Dee’s daughter and her husband dropped by the next morning for breakfast, the mom-of-four was nowhere to be found. Gregg also tried to reach her but her phone went straight to voicemail. After an exhaustive search, they called the police and reported her missing.
When officers searched the Warner home they found tissues scattered throughout as though someone was sick or had been crying.
Dee’s travel bag, phone, purse and curling iron were missing but her car was still parked in the driveway. A year later, her bank account remains untouched and there hasn’t been any activity on her phone or social media accounts.
According to the Daily Telegram, Dale told the police that he got into a “business argument” with Dee and two employees who worked at their farm on the evening of April 24th.
He claimed that they made up, that he gave Dee a massage that night and carried her to the couch after she fell asleep on the living room floor.
Dale insisted that when he left for work at 6 am the next morning, Dee was still asleep on the couch but that when he returned, she was gone and her $50,000 wedding ring was sitting on a desk in his home office.
Despite Dee’s sudden disappearance, Dale didn’t seem too concerned. He told the police that she left him and that it wasn’t the first time. He claimed that she had likely gone to Mexico or Jamaica and handed them a goodbye note in her handwriting that the FBI later determined was written four years earlier.
To this day, Dale’s story continues to change.
On the contrary, Dee’s loved ones are adamant that she would never have abandoned her beloved daughter Angelina or left without taking her vehicle.
According to NBC News, a large-scale search using helicopters, drones and cadaver dogs was conducted two days after Dee's disappearance but no sign of her was found.
The family farm was searched a second time in October but it too proved to be fruitless. When the authorities brought cadaver dogs to search a specific barn on the farm, Dale informed them that he had applied a fertilizer that would kill the animals instantly. As a result, the barn has never been searched.
A vigil in Dee’s honour will take place on April 23, 2022, at 6:30 pm at Gregg Hardy’s Farm, located at 10101 Wisner Hwy in Tecumseh, Michigan.
Dee Ann Warner is 5'4" and 140 lbs. At the time of her disappearance, she had brown hair with blonde highlights. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, contact Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office at 517-263-0524.