Michael Bernard Ware, 43, and Derrick Campbell, 47, are charged with trying to hide Mira Dressel's body under a bush near the Golfside Apartments in the 2700 block of Golfside Road in Ypsilanti on Saturday, July 26.Ware was arraigned Tuesday in Washtenaw County District Court. Campbell was arraigned Monday. Magistrate A. Thomas Truesdell assigned Ward a $50,000 cash or surety bond, citing his criminal history that includes several felony convictions dating back to 1988.
The preliminary hearing for Ware and Campbell will be held August 5 at 8:30 a.m.The circumstances of Dressel's death are still being investigated.
Police say Ware called Campbell's company, BWB Transportation, to arrange for a ride Saturday morning.
When he came out to get into the vehicle, the company's female driver told police Ware was carrying an unknown object that he put in the back of the vehicle.Alarmed that something wasn't right, the employee called her boss and police say Campbell met them at the address on Golfside Road. Campbell talked with Ward before helping him remove the object from the vehicle. The driver then called 911 to report the incident.
“We just wanted to say how grateful we were that the driver came forward," said Cory Shaw Hillman, Dressel's stepfather. "It’s just awful."Dressel was a mother of a two-year old son.
The family says Mira had been battling problems stemming from a traumatic brain injury she suffered during an automobile accident. She had become addicted to pain medication. A cause of death has not been determined.Mira's mother and stepfather adopted Skyler.
“We just want people to remember her as such a beautiful, caring person and somebody who didn’t deserve that," said Shaw Hillman.A memorial fund has been established for Skyler. Checks can be made to the Skyler Shaw Hillman Donation Fund and deposited at any Chase Bank location.