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The fifth episode of the second quantity of Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries reboot dives deep into the disturbing dying of 55-year-old JoAnn Romain. JoAnn disappeared in 2010 after her automobile was discovered outdoors of St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Authorities rapidly jumped to the conclusion that JoAnn had died by suicide after she walked right into a freezing lake close by and drowned herself. Nevertheless, her physique was not recovered in the course of the preliminary search.
Over two months later, JoAnn’s physique was found within the Detroit River, 35 miles from the place she had disappeared. Her clothes, jewellery, and footwear had been all nonetheless intact and her automobile keys had been discovered inside her coat pocket, however her rosary and cellular phone had been each lacking. She additionally had two bruises on her left arm, which might’ve been the results of an assault, because the purse present in her automobile was torn.
So, what occurred to JoAnn? It has been a decade since her passing, however her case nonetheless stays unsolved. Forward, learn 4 theories about who might have been behind her dying.
Concept 1: JoAnn Romain Died by Suicide
Police claim JoAnn’s death was a suicide by drowning, but it surely’s most unlikely that her physique would have left the shallow water alongside the shore and traveled to the Detroit River as a result of there was no present. Authorities additionally had divers looking out the water for a number of days, they usually by no means discovered any proof indicating that JoAnn had drowned. To not point out, JoAnn fueled her automobile previous to attending church, and as investigative reporter Scott Lewis put it: “Who fills their gasoline tank on their approach to commit suicide?”
Concept 2: David Romain Killed His Ex-Spouse, JoAnn
JoAnn’s daughter, Michelle, listed her father, David, as a possible suspect. He and JoAnn had been married for 25 years, however they separated shortly earlier than her dying as a result of JoAnn received fed up with arguing on a regular basis and needed to reside a “peaceable, blissful life.” Based on Michelle, David was actually offended that JoAnn left him, which might have been a doable motive for him to kill her.
Concept 3: Somebody Linked to John Matouk Murdered JoAnn Romain
Michelle posited that her uncle, John — JoAnn’s brother — may need had a task in JoAnn’s dying. Though she does not consider he personally did something to harm his sister, John owed some huge cash to a number of folks, so Michelle advised that her mother’s demise might have been revenge as JoAnn and John had been shut. John has maintained that he had nothing to do with JoAnn’s dying. Nevertheless, he mentioned it is doable that somebody he knew might have murdered his sister.
Concept 4: Tim Matouk Murdered JoAnn Romain
Michelle’s main suspect is JoAnn’s estranged cousin, Tim, who was a police officer on the time. Michelle accused Grosse Pointe Police of covering up for him after a witness claimed he noticed JoAnn with Tim and one other man by the lake on the evening she disappeared.
“My mother had acknowledged her excessive worry and concern for him earlier than this occurred,” Michelle advised CBS Information Detroit in 2018. “She additionally had indicated that she was reluctant to go to the native police as a result of they had been buddies with this estranged member of the family that was a police officer, and they might not do something to assist her.”
Grosse Pointe Police filed a movement for the lawsuit’s dismissal, and in August 2019, a federal appeals court unanimously ruled in favor of town and its police division.