Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Carol was last seen in Troy, MI. She was living with her estranged husband at the time. The couple were in the process of getting a divorce, and the matter was scheduled for trial that month. According to him they were living separately in the home and he had not seen her for a week before her disappearance.
Carol had been dating a man for 13 months prior to her disappearance. She visited him the night she went missing, and left his Farmington Hills home at 11.45 p.m. to drive back to her Troy home. Investigators found her car the next morning, parked by her home, with the keys still in the ignition.
She did not leave a note of her whereabouts for her three young children, which was uncommon for her if she was leaving to go somewhere. Friends were concerned and said Carol would never leave her children. Her clothes, belongings and money were left behind.
Carol sold cosmetics part-time, and was taking classes at a local college.
No ransom demands were made and police found no trace of foul play. Her husband was considered a person of interest in her disappearance, but he was never charged. He died in 1986. According to an affidavit, police theorized that at about midnight Oct. 27, Mrs. DeArment returned home after visiting her friend in Farmington Hills and was choked or suffocated by her husband following a confrontation in her bedroom. Mrs. DeArment's body was placed in her husband's car and disposed of, according to the theory outlined in the affidavit.
Carol was declared as dead in 1993.
She was the great-granddaughter of S.S. Kresge, founder of what is now Kmart Corp.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Troy Police Department
Toledo Blade - Nov 19, 1983