In Tecumseh, Michigan, 4 adults and one child are missing their mother. Six children want their Nana back. A brother mourns his sister. Many people wish their sassy, loyal friend was still here. The community wants justice for Dee Ann Warner, the 52-year-old businesswoman who disappeared over a year ago. Without a trace.
News of Dee’s story is spreading. Throughout Michigan. Across the United States. Podcasts about Dee Warner are being watched across the globe. The same question has been asked over and over. Why hasn’t there been an arrest?
Gregg Hardy, Dee’s brother attempts to answer that question in an interview with News Nation Prime. He believes there are three possible reasons Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t taken anyone into custody. First, they may say they don’t have the evidence needed to make an arrest and get a conviction. “We strongly disagree with that. We have mountains of evidence,” Hardy said.
Second, there may be a may be a lack of interest on getting this case solved. Or it could be incompetence.
Third, authorities have received, and continue to receive, copious amounts of evidence from a team of top-notch investigators like Billy Little, Jr. and Chris McDonough, who have volunteered their time to find the truth for Dee’s family. Hardy wants to know why authorities haven’t acted on the information they’ve been given. He wonders if there is a motive. While he has been on good terms with law enforcement throughout this investigation, he is not ruling out corruption.
“Early in the investigation is the most critical time. And there’s absolutely no question that the early time of this investigation was not handled as professionally as it should have been,” Hardy said. “Mr. Warner’s story, which was totally bogus, that the police in my opinion, put too much stock in, was the fact that he said, ‘Well, she’s left before. She’ll be back.”
Hardy wishes they would have pressured him to explain how she could have left without money, a vehicle, a passport, or a ride from someone. Dee lived on a dirt road, surrounded by farmland. How did she elude the security cameras surrounding the house? Why would she leave a $50,000 wedding ring behind?
“Unfortunately, in the early part of the investigation the authorities bought into his story,” Hardy said.
The first red flag Hardy had about his brother-in-law happened the day after Dee vanished. Dale showed up at Hardy’s office around 7 AM. He complained to Hardy what a dreadful position Dee had left him in. He gave Hardy a laundry list of all the ways Dee had wronged him.
“He betrayed her horribly,” Hardy said. “Now what husband on this earth who really cared about their wife would belittle their wife the day after they’ve been found missing? Would that even enter your vocabulary or mind? It would be more like, ‘Where is my wife?’ This guy is so obviously guilty it’s unbelievable.”
Dee’s husband, Dale Warner, continues to claim she is in Mexico or Jamaica. She just took off and left the morning after she told him she wanted a divorce.
Those who knew Dee Warner insist she would never have left behind her precious child and not have contacted her adult children. “We were her world,” Rikkell Bock, Dee’s daughter said.
You can watch the entire News Nation Prime interview here.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Dee Warner, please contact Lenawee County Sheriff’s Detective Greca at (517) 264–5364.