Twenty months after the mysterious disappearance of Michigan woman Dee Ann Warner, her husband, Dale Warner, has been arrested and charged with open murder and evidence tampering.
Dale Warner, 53, was charged with open murder and tampering with evidence after a death investigation of his wife and business partner Dee Ann Warner, Michigan State Police announced.
"This arrest is another step in our investigation, and we will continue our efforts to bring closure to the family and to find Dee Warner's remains so that her family can lay her to rest," state police First District Captain Steve O'Neill said in a statement.
The husband has pleaded not guilty on both counts, his attorney Mary Chartier told Fox News Digital, and is scheduled to next appear in court Dec. 4.
"We believe that a fair and objective review of the evidence — or more precisely the lack of evidence in this case — will show that Mr. Warner did not kill his wife," Chartier said.
The family, long convinced of Dale's involvement, welcomes the arrest, while legal proceedings unfold with a bail reduction from $20 million to $15 million.