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 A law enforcement excavation near 23 Mile Road and North Avenue in Macomb Township has been temporarily suspended after investigators recovered “articles” buried 3-4 feet deep.

A law enforcement excavation near 23 Mile Road and North Avenue in Macomb Township has been temporarily suspended after investigators recovered “articles” buried 3-4 feet deep.

Photo by Alex Szwarc

Search in Macomb Township uncovers buried items

By: Brian Louwers | C&G Newspapers | Published August 28, 2019

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — An investigation into the disappearance of up to six missing girls has turned up unidentified “articles” buried 3-4 feet deep on a wooded piece of land near the North Branch of the Clinton River.

The site, near 23 Mile Road and North Avenue in Macomb Township, is close to where convicted killer Arthur Ream led police to the body of 13-year-old Cindy Zarzycki in 2008. Zarzycki disappeared from Eastpointe in April 1986. Ream is now serving life in prison for her murder.

Federal, state and local investigators, including detectives with the Warren Police Department, have identified Ream, now 70, as the primary suspect in several other cases, including the disappearance of Kimberly King, who was 12 years old when she was last seen leaving a sleepover at a friend’s home near Nine Mile and Hoover roads in September 1979.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said Ream had access to the 24-acre property in Macomb Township for 15 years. Warren detectives led a weeklong search there in May 2018 and returned Aug. 19 with a specialized task force that also included investigators from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, the Michigan State Police, the Canton Police Department and the FBI.

“We have articles in our possession that our evidence tech picked up from the site last week,” Dwyer said Aug. 27. “They’ll be turned over to one of the labs to analyze. We may in the near future have family members look at the articles that were recovered that may or may not be articles that belonged to the victims.”

Dwyer declined to specify what was found. He said excavation at the property south of 23 Mile Road and west of North Avenue, on the north side of the river, had been temporarily suspended.

“We do plan on in all probability going back,” he added.

Last August, Warren police sought a search warrant at a warehouse that Ream once used for his carpet installation business near Schoenherr and Frazho roads.

Podcast host and researcher Nina Innsted featured the nearly 30-year-old case of Kimberly King’s disappearance on her “Already Gone” true crime podcast in October 2017. Innsted is also a board member of the Michigan in Michigan nonprofit.

A renewed investigation by the Warren Police Department later led detectives back to Ream, and back to the property.   

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said “multiple investigations” led the various law enforcement entities back to the site.

“Some of these girls have been missing for 40 years. It is encouraging to see that police and law enforcement are still invested in the case,” Innsted said Aug. 27. “When an event like this occurs, it is very difficult for the friends and family of the missing. It is an emotionally taxing time for them, and it’s important for the community to remember that they still need our support.”