Real Name: JoAnn Matouk Romain
Case: Suspicious Death
Location: Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Date: January 12, 2010
Details: On the night of January 12, 2010, fifty-five-year-old JoAnn Romain disappeared after attending a prayer service at a Catholic church along Lake St. Clair, Michigan. Her purse, wallet, and cash were found in her car, which was left in the church parking lot. Seventy days later, her body was found floating in the Detroit River, thirty miles away.
Police believe that JoAnn committed suicide. However, her daughter Michelle believes that she was murdered. She notes that JoAnn would have had to cross a road, walk through a snowy area, cross several rocks, crouch her way down two seawalls, and then enter the icy lake, all while wearing high heels. She has since obtained time-stamped Coast Guard records that reportedly raise significant questions about the timeline of the police investigation and search efforts. Other evidence from scientists, investigators, and lawyers have led her to believe that her mother was murdered.
Suspects: None known
Extra Notes: This case was first released on October 19, 2020 as a part of the second volume of the Netflix reboot of Unsolved Mysteries.
- JoAnn Romain on Unsolved.com
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- Obituary for JoAnn Romain