Tecumseh, MI

Investigator to Make Good on Deadline He Issued Law Enforcement Regarding Missing Dee Ann Warner

Tracy Stengel

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When Billy Little, Jr., nationally recognized investigative attorney, was asked by the family of Dee Ann Warner, missing Tecumseh, Michigan woman, to help them get answers, he agreed to work the case for free. That was in March 2022 — almost a year after Dee vanished from her rural home.

Since then, Little has been working tirelessly to learn the truth about what happened to Dee. He was key to forming a task force between Lenawee County Sheriff Office, Michigan State Police, and the FBI. At a candlelight vigil in April marking the one-year anniversary of Dee’s disappearance, Little said to the crowd of about 300 people, “I truly love this family. Justice is coming. Trust me.”

When Dee’s family worried the case had stalled, Little put pressure on Lenawee County Sheriff Office. On August 1, 2022, at a Justice for Dee rally in front of the courthouse, Little had scathing words for local law enforcement. “We offered the best experts in this country, and they refused our help.” He was referring to over a hundred witness testimonies and a stack of evidence he turned over to Lenawee County Sheriff Office only to deal with a lack of follow-up or sense of urgency to resolve the case. After Little’s speech, Sheriff Brevier announced he was turning the case over to Michigan State Police.

On October 23, 2022, Little made a statement on the podcast, The Interview Room, which is hosted by Chris McDonough, a retired homicide detective and behavioral analyst, who has worked closely with Little on the disappearance of Dee Ann Warner. They acknowledged the case was complex and the Michigan State Police (MSP) had mountains of evidence to sift through and many people needed to be reinterviewed. However, it had been almost three months since MSP had taken over the case and there still hadn’t been an arrest.

Little believes Dale Warner, Dee’s husband, is responsible for Dee’s disappearance. During the podcast, Little issued a deadline. “The evidence is overwhelming.” While Little has great respect for law enforcement, he said, “The clock is ticking. There needs to be an arrest by December 1st, and if there’s not, I’m going to drop some bombs in December and people are going to be shocked when they hear what’s going on.”

In an interview with Little today, he told me, “Chris and I are aware today is the deadline. We are men of our word. We are preparing another podcast and will follow through on our promise. We will be airing something soon.”

Little has repeatedly vowed he is not going anywhere until the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of Dee Ann Warner are held accountable.

Meanwhile, Dale Warner is scheduled to be in court December 13, 2022, to face possible contempt of court proceedings.

If you are unfamiliar with Dee Ann Warner’s disappearance, you can find out more here.

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