A team of investigators first excavated a site near 23 Mile Road and North Avenue in Macomb Township in May 2018. The search was part of ongoing investigations into the disappearance of up to six girls, including 12-year-old Kimberly King, who was last seen in Warren on Sept. 15, 1979.

A team of investigators first excavated a site near 23 Mile Road and North Avenue in Macomb Township in May 2018. The search was part of ongoing investigations into the disappearance of up to six girls, including 12-year-old Kimberly King, who was last seen in Warren on Sept. 15, 1979.

File photo by Sarah Purlee


Unsolved cases again lead police to Macomb Township site

Federal, state and local law enforcement return to search site where girl's body found in 2008

By: Brian Louwers | C&G Newspapers | Published August 22, 2019

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MACOMB COUNTY — The search for answers in an ongoing, multijurisdictional investigation into the disappearance of up to six long-missing girls returned to a site near 23 Mile Road and North Avenue in Macomb Township Aug. 19.

The Warren Police Department joined investigators with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, the Michigan State Police, the Canton Police Department and the FBI to announce a second excavation on a property located on the north side of the Clinton River, just south of 23 Mile. 

In a release distributed through the office of Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham on Aug. 19, Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer confirmed the current dig was being executed pursuant to a search warrant near the spot where the body of 13-year-old Cindy Zarzycki was found in 2008. The Warren Police Department led a weeklong search of the property in May 2018. 

Wickersham said “multiple investigations” led law enforcement back to that location. 

Dwyer named Arthur Ream as the “prime subject” in the department’s ongoing investigation. 

Zarzycki disappeared from Eastpointe in April 1986. Ream,  now 70, led police to her body and was convicted of her murder in 2008. He is now serving life in prison.

Dwyer said previously that Ream had access to the 24-acre property for 15 years. Last August, Warren detectives searched a warehouse Ream once used for his carpet installation business near Schoenherr and Frazho roads. 

The Warren Police Department investigation involves the continued search for evidence in the September 1979 disappearance of Kimberly King. She was 12 years old when she left a friend’s home near Nine Mile and Hoover roads in Warren during a sleepover and was never seen again.  

Investigators were still at the site on Aug. 22. Dwyer said the search for a potential “clandestine gravesite” involved enhanced methodology and that detectives had consulted with a variety of experts including botanists and anthropologists.

Resources available to the multijurisdictional task force include the FBI Detroit Division’s Evidence Response and Hazardous Evidence Response teams. A specialized Technical Hazards Response Team is also available. According to the release, the teams are “uniquely qualified to assist in the type of work going on this week,” following training at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center in Knoxville.

NecroSearch International, a nonprofit organization that assists law enforcement agencies with searches for human remains, reportedly examined the designated search area after the warrant was secured.

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