The body of Theresa DeKeyzer, the Warren, Michigan, woman that went missing in June, was found and recovered by authorities this week in Plymouth Township when they searched a storage trailer rented by the man she had a relationship with at the time of her disappearance. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, using dental records of the missing woman, confirmed that the body found in a barrel inside the trailer was that of the missing 22-year-old.
The Detroit News reported Sept. 20 that the medical examiner’s office matched the dental remains of the body found in the barrel with dental records of Theresa DeKeyzer. Said Mary Mazur, spokeswoman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, “The forensic dentist completed review of dental records earlier today, confirming a match between the body found of the missing woman and the remains found.”
Theresa DeKeyzer’s body, which was stuffed inside a 55-gallon barrel and covered in sand, had been sealed inside the barrel with a cap of concrete. The storage trailer was rented by a man just nine days after Theresa DeKeyzer went missing, according to an earlier Detroit News report. Those in charge at Travel Trailer Storage refused to divulge whether or not the man was Scott Wobbe, citing privacy concerns.
Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green said that two tips led them to the storage facility, according to WDIV in Detroit. “Common sense tells you it is Theresa, but she hasn’t been identified yet. She’s at the morgue right now,” he said prior to the identification.
Authorities, which included detectives from Westland and Plymouth Township, and bomb squad personnel from the Michigan State Police, arrived at the Plymouth Township Travel Trailer Storage on Ann Arbor Road Friday and x-rayed the barrel, finding the body inside. Investigators made a preliminary identification of the body, Commissioner Green stated, based on tattoos, clothing and jewelry found with the body that matched photos of the DeKeyzer that were taken the day before she went missing. Those photos were taken by authorities in relation to a domestic violence incident on June 15.
That incident involved boyfriend Scott Wobbe, who, according to police reports, was in an alcohol-fueled rage when he dragged DeKeyzer by her shirt out of his car and punched her in the face at her Warren home. Wobbe was also the last person known to have seen the young woman alive, telling police he had last seen her when he dropped her off about four blocks from her home the day she went missing. Police had made no arrest at the time or later regarding the disappearance, because they had found no evidence linking the man to his girlfriend’s death.
However, Scott Wobbe was arrested on July 2 for violating his probation, a violation stemming from the alleged June assault charge but directly related to a February conviction for aggravated assault and drug charges that occurred in Midland County. Wobbe is currently incarcerated at the Midland County Jail facing drug charges from a police search of his home on July 3 where police found drugs. He is considered a suspect in the ongoing missing person case.
The family of DeKeyzer is crediting a Detroit News story with the recovery of their missing family member. An article in the Detroit News earlier this month about Theresa DeKeyzer led to two leads that led police to the storage lot.