Friends of Missing Dee Ann Warner Vow to Get Louder Until There is Justice

Tracy Stengel
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Yesterday, the husband of missing mother and grandmother, Dee Ann Warner, and his consultant were arrested in Lenawee County Probate court for civil contempt of court. Dale Warner and Mark Weisberg failed to follow court orders to turn over financial records to the Conservator, whose job is to protect Dee’s estate.

Mark Weisberg is a former accountant who served prison time for embezzlement. In court papers, he is referred to as Dale’s personal assistant.

Since Dee was reported missing from her Tecumseh farmhouse on April 25, 2021, life has been agonizing for her family and friends. From the beginning, they didn’t believe Dee left on her own accord. Billy Little, Jr., nationally recognized investigative attorney, worked pro bono for months, conducting about 100 interviews and analyzing financial records.

Little turned over his finding to authorities. Little contends there is enough evidence showing Dale Warner is responsible for Dee’s disappearance to bring him to trial. Dee’s four adult children, extended family members, and loved ones agree. For over two years they’ve been pleading with authorities to hold the responsible party or parties accountable.

While Dale’s arrest for contempt of court buoyed the spirits of Dee’s loved ones, they are still waiting for him to face serious charges.

“The sun is shining a little bit brighter today,” said Kathryn Adams, lifelong friend of Dee. “But this is just a first step. Yesterday, we did get some action, but we want more. All of it. It’s not going to bring Dee back, but at least we could start the healing process.”

As they continue to wait for Lenawee County Prosecutor, Jacqueline Wyse, to make a move, patience is wearing thin. “We will not be ignored,” Kathryn Adams said. “We’re not going to be quiet. We’re just going to get louder.”

Stacey Brodie, Dee’s massage therapist and friend, said, “It is about time he [Dale] has to deal with some consequences. The little dance they [Dale and Mark] have been doing was old a long time ago. I am so happy for her family and I hope that this is just the beginning of getting some justice as well as some answers.”

Another friend of Dee’s, Stephanie Voelke, has been heartbroken since Dee’s disappearance. In reaction to Dale’s arrest, Stephanie said, “It was definitely an emotional day yesterday. Lots of different emotions. I’m so happy that this family gained a piece of victory, although I know they still have a long road to go. It was bittersweet. I’d like him to be in there forever, but that will take time.”

Dee’s loved ones have felt frustration with the authorities’ lack of urgency to solve her disappearance. They refuse to let Dee’s case grow cold and hope yesterday’s arrest is just the beginning.

“I hope this sends a message to him that he can’t just do whatever he wants and get away with it, that every wrong will have consequences.” Stephanie said. “I hope this is a step closer and a door opening for the bigger issues here and for complete justice. This family has been through enough.”

Dee’s family and friends are planning to hold a rally soon to get the attention of law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office. They refuse to stop fighting until they get Justice for Dee.

If you would like to help bring Dee’s case to a conclusion, her loved ones have suggestions. Contact Lenawee County Prosecutor at (517) 264–4640. Call the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners at (517) 264–4508 and asked for Jim Vandoren, the chair of the board. Congressman Tim Walberg can be reached at (517) 780–9075. Dale Zorn, State Representative can be reached at (517) 373–8808.

For background on Dee’s disappearance, you can start here. Join the Justice for Dee page for all the latest updates.

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