Michigan State Police take over investigation into disappearance of Lenawee County woman Dee Warner

Dee Warner disappeared in April 2021

Officials conducting a search on Oct. 11, 2021, at the Franklin Township home of missing person Dee Warner. (WDIV)

TIPTON, Mich. – Michigan State Police are taking over the investigation into the disappearance of Dee Warner, a Lenawee County woman who went missing more than 15 months ago.

Warner, then 52, was last seen April 24 or 25, 2021, at her home on Mugner Road in Tipton, according to deputies. She ran her own trucking company from the barns in the backyard of her home, family members said.

Warner’s cellphone went dead, and there hasn’t been any activity on her bank accounts, according to authorities.

The Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office was in charge of the investigation, but Sheriff Troy Bevier brought in the Michigan State Police and the FBI to conduct digs and use ground-penetrating radar to look for Warner’s body.

“There’s no big tip that facilitated this,” Bevier said during the October search. “Really, what this is, is kind of a culmination of all the work that we’ve been doing over the summer. We’ve been pretty much following up on every lead and all the information, and this just seemed like a prudent time to come out and do another search -- a really good, thorough search of the property.”

Dee Ann Warner (WDIV)

Crime Stoppers first asked for help in the search for Warner on May 6, saying her family hadn’t heard from her in two weeks.

“We’re a small community,” Bevier said. “A lot of people knew Dee, and so this really hits close to home. There’s a lot of people that this is impacting.”

Warner is mother to five children.

Anyone with information about Warner’s disappearance is now asked to call the Michigan State Police tip line at 855-MICHTIP (855-642-4847)or go to www.michigan.gov/MICHTIP.

Previous coverage

FBI now involved in search for woman missing since April
Digging is underway in the search for Dee Ann Warner, a Lenawee County woman who went missing earlier this year.
Thursday (April 20) night, we're hearing from the family of the mother of five, now missing for nearly a year, and police are also talking about the case. Many people are determined to get answers about the 52-year-old who vanished last April.

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