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Lawmaker's missing house was dumped in Van Buren Township

Posted: 6:33 PM, Oct 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-04 18:33:04-04

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — It is a story that is making national headlines. Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) was fixing up a house for a charity project. Then suddenly someone demolished it.

The house on Minnock Street in Detroit was being renovated when it disappeared.

There has been a break in the investigation into who is responsible. Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo told WXYZ on the phone she has learned that it was taken to a Waste Management Landfill in Van Buren Township.

“It is my understanding that the actual address was used at the dump site. So who ordered it? Why did they order it? Who paid for it?” she said.

She says she was surprised the address was on documentation. She figured someone had an order with a different address and tore down the wrong house.

Waste Management, which owns the Woodland Meadows Landfill in Vanburen Township, tells 7 Action News it is cooperating with police as they work to get more answers.

“My understanding is they know who the hauler was, but they said that they aren’t sure that the hauler is the person who demolished it,” said Rep. Gay-Dagnogo.

The city has said it has no record of the tear down.

This has Rep. Gay-Dagnogo asking, was it done on purpose by someone? After all she says she was working on legislation to make sure minority-owned businesses had better access to the work of doing such demos.