Carol Kresge DeArment

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Above: Carol, circa 1983

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 26, 1983 from Troy, Michigan
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 36 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Carol's hair had frosted blonde tips at the time of her disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A navy blue blazer with red and white plaid, a maroon blouse and tan slacks.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Carol was last seen in Troy, Michigan on October 26, 1983. She visited a male friend at his apartment and was last seen between 11:00 and 11:45 p.m., when she left to go home. Her 1981 Buick was found parked in the driveway of her house on Wentworth Place, with the keys in the ignition and her purse and eyeglasses on the front seat. She didn't leave a note for her three children, which is uncharacteristic of her behavior. She also left behind all her clothes, belongings and money.

    Carol was in the process of a divorce in 1983; the case supposed to go before a judge in November. She and her husband, Donald, still lived in the same house, but Donald said they kept apart from each other and he hadn't seen her since October 19, a week before her disappearance. Although her great-grandfather founded the business that would become that K-Mart store chain, she lived a middle-class existence. Her family said she wasn't destined to inherit a fortune, as her grandfather's estate would be split between three children and fifteen grandchildren. She sold makeup part-time and was taking a course in court reporting at the local college.

    Police found blood in the trunk of Donald's 1978 Mercedes after Carol's disappearance. They got a court order to obtain blood samples from Donald and the three children to compare with the stain, but Donald's attorney was able to get the order recinded and the samples were never provided. He was considered a possible suspect in her disappearance, but never charged.

    Carol's loved ones stated she was stressed about the divorce, but they didn't believe she would have walked out on her life or abandoned her children. After Donald's death in 1986, the investigation stalled. Carol was declared legally dead in 1993. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Troy Police Department
    248-524-3449

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    The Toledo Blade
    The Ludington Daily News

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 3, 2013; casefile added.

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