Investigation Continues into Unsolved Homicides in Macomb County

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP, MI – The Warren Police Department, Canton Police Department, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police and the FBI are announcing their continuing joint investigation on unsolved homicides.

Police Commissioner William Dwyer of the Warren Police Department stated that early this morning investigators began their second excavation, which is very close to the prior site, but on the North side of the Clinton River, just south of 23 Mile Road.

Macomb County Sheriff, Anthony Wickersham stated that the Sheriff’s Department will be working with various agencies in this search. Multiple investigations have led us to this location and we are hoping to bring justice to victims and closure to their families.

The dig is being executed pursuant to a search warrant. Dwyer stated that during the week of May 7, 2018 investigators conducted a large search for human remains at 23 Mile & North Avenue, near the location where victim Cindy Zarzycki’s body was found. In 2008, our prime suspect, Arthur Ream, was convicted of her murder, which led investigators to her gravesite.

The task force has been working on solving several cold cases involving missing juvenile females and believe that they were committed by the same individual.

Dwyer stated that their prime suspect is Arthur Ream, 70-years-old, who is currently incarcerated for killing and abducting Cindy Zarzycki, 13-years-old, when she disappeared on April 20, 1986 out of Eastpointe MI.

Investigators continue to develop new information associated with these investigations.

The effort to excavate this new area is the cumulative efforts of the Warren Police Department, Canton Police Department, Macomb County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, and the FBI.

Dwyer stated that there has been many enhancements in the field of forensic science. It is our hope that utilizing these methodologies we can conduct a thorough search for any evidence associated with these investigations. We hope that the combined efforts of the Warren Police department and other agencies involved in this cooperative effort will be able to locate evidence that is significant to our investigative efforts. Our primary goal is to determine what happened to these missing girls, and who is responsible. These investigations will remain open until we reach a conclusion.

Dwyer added that Detectives have consulted with a variety of scientific experts including, botanists and anthropologists who offered their expertise to help us locate potential clandestine gravesites in the designated area.

Acting Special Agent in Charge, Rainer S. Drolshagen, stated that the FBI agents and professional staff who are assisting the Warren and Canton Police Departments, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police are part of the Detroit Division’s Evidence Response and Hazardous Evidence Response Teams. Because of the terrain and the technical hazards that can be encountered during this type of search, members of the Technical Hazards Response Team from the FBI Headquarters are also participating.

These teams are a few of the many resources the FBI can provide to law enforcement agencies around the country when we are asked for assistance.

Many of these team members have been trained to recover human remains at the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Center in Knoxville – which makes this team uniquely qualified to assist in the type of search going on this week.

Experts from NecroSearch International examined the designated search area pursuant to a search warrant. NecroSearch International is a non-profit group that employs a variety of methods to assist law enforcement with the process of locating human remains.

Commissioner Dwyer & Sheriff Wickersham stated that the media will be updated on the progress of the excavation with press releases and news conferences when necessary.

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