Reward offered in missing Warren woman case
By Maria Allard
July 3, 2014
Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to finding 22-year-old Warren resident Theresa DeKeyzer, who went missing June 16.
WARREN — Photos of Theresa DeKeyzer have circulated on social media and information about her disappearance has been distributed via fliers, but there is still no sign of her whereabouts.
The 22-year-old Warren woman went missing June 16, according to a Crime Stoppers of Michigan press release.
“Nobody has heard from her at all,” her sister Leah DeKeyzer said recently. “It’s not like her to disappear like this. She wouldn’t do that. She has a huge family and lots of siblings that love her very much.”
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to finding the 2010 St. Clair Shores Lakeview High School graduate. Anyone who has information regarding her whereabouts is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) SPEAK-UP. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous.
Theresa DeKeyzer is described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes. She has a tattoo of a small black outline of a shell on her lower left arm.
“There has to be somebody who knows where she is hiding or been taken in,” Leah DeKeyzer said. “We just want to know if she is all right.”
According to Crime Stoppers, Theresa DeKeyzer was dropped off near her home in the morning in the 9 Mile Road and Van Dyke area. The last phone call she made was at 9:30 a.m. June 16, the day she went missing, according to the press release.
The press release stated she was working at the Tim Hortons located on Harper Avenue between 9 Mile and 10 Mile roads in St. Clair Shores, but her sister said she was in transition with the company and awaiting a location transfer.
Theresa DeKeyzer is a huge supporter of Detroit’s techno music scene and was planning on attending the “Electric Forest Festival” last month in Rothbury, Michigan.
“It’s the one thing she doesn’t miss,” Leah DeKeyzer said.
The family is trying to follow through on each tip they receive.
“It’s not an easy situation. Your mind just goes crazy. We’re trying to work with the Warren Police Department. Every day is a little bit harder than the day before,” Leah DeKeyzer said. “We’re sticking together and staying positive we are going to find her.”
“We have received some tips,” Crime Stoppers of Michigan Communications Manager Shirley Schuler said. “We immediately send them to the department that is handling the case.”
Warren Police Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said his department is investigating Theresa DeKeyzer’s disappearance. Recently, detectives followed a lead in the cities of Westland and Garden City.
“We’re taking it very seriously,” Mills said.
Police have interviewed three witnesses who claimed they saw the Warren woman June 18, two days after she went missing. According to Mills, all three described her as in “good spirits and was free to move about.”
“Two of them know her from previous contact. She frequented a business in the city of Detroit (where) both employees said they saw her,” Mills said. “She seemed happy and showed no signs she was being held against her will.”
The third witness was a stranger, who let Theresa DeKeyzer use his phone while in Roseville. She did not call the police or her family, Mills said.
“We want the best for this young lady,” Mills said. “Her cellphone is shut off. If a person doesn’t want to be found and they’re not using credit cards, it’s hard to find them.”
Anyone who has any information about any missing person or crime that took place in Southeast Michigan can submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers in one of three ways: call 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587), write web tips at www.1800SPEAKUP.org, or text CSM and your tip information to 274637.
Crime Stoppers is an anonymous program, and your identity is held from Crime Stoppers and the police. Crime Stoppers main goal is to protect the anonymity of the people willing to help. There are no Caller ID phones at Crime Stoppers and calls are not recorded.
About the author
Staff Writer Maria Allard covers the school districts of Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke, Warren Consolidated and Warren Woods, and Macomb Community College for the Warren Weekly newspaper. She also covers northeast Detroit, the City of Harper Woods and the Harper Woods District Schools for the Advertiser Times newspaper, and the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System for the Grosse Pointe Times newspaper. Allard has worked for C&G Newspapers since 1995, and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University.
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