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Police begin second search in Macomb Township for bodies in decades-long cold case

Posted: 11:15 AM, Aug 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-20 10:51:48-04
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MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — Law enforcement agencies are continuing their joint investigation on unsolved homicides in Macomb County.

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In May 2018, investigators conducted a large search for human remains at 23 Mile and North Avenue. Early Monday 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.

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

Warren Police Commissioner Bil Dwyer said the primary suspect is Arthur Ream, who is currently incarcerated for killing and abducting 13-year-old Cindy Zarzycki, when she disappeared in April 1986 out of Eastpointe.

The search is being conducted to find the bodies of at least 4 to 6 teen girls who may have been sexually assaulted and had their bodies dumped there.

Investigators reportedly continue to develop new information associated with the investigations. The effort to excavate the new area includes Warren police, Canton police, the Macomb County Sheriff's Department, Michigan State Police and the FBI.

"It is our hope that utilizing these methodologies we can conduct a thorough search for any evidence associated with these investigations," Dwyer said in a release. "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."