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UPDATE: Mishawaka woman's death ruled homicide

Missing woman's body found Monday in Cass County field

March 28, 2011|- By Colleen Ferreira (cferreira@wsbt.com), Click here to follow Colleen on Twitter | - By Colleen Ferreira (cferreira@wsbt.com), Click here to follow Colleen on Twitter

CASS COUNTY, Michigan — The search for 38-year old Kim White-Stout ended Monday afternoon when the missing Mishawaka woman's body was found in a Cass County field.

On Tuesday, the coroner in Grand Rapids, Michigan ruled her death a homicide.  Police are not releasing any other details about how she was killed. 

Police spent the day posted outside of White-Stout's home waiting for a search warrant.  Neighbors say her boyfriend was cuffed and taken to the police station.  Police confirmed they were questioning him but did not mention if he or anyone else is a suspect.

Police said White-Stout's body was discovered around 1:30 p.m. in a field on Lane Road just South of Davis Lake Street in Cass County. She had been missing for a week.

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When WSBT arrived on scene Monday evening, the area was clear, just a bit of crime scene tape leftover on Lane Road.

Lane Road is a small, dark, country gravel road.

The Cass County Sheriff's Department tells WSBT White-Stout's body was found by a Cass County Road Commission employee.

Family, Friends, Neighbors speak

  • "She was a wonderful mother, she loved her son very much and she'd do anything for him," Debra White, White-Stout's step-mother said, "He's 11-years-old and losing his mother, I can't imagine that."
  • "Of course my first thing was..alive? And unfortunately not," said Sarah Buck, Kim White-Stout’s friend. “My heart breaks for the people that were closer to her, they're just gonna be crushed."
  • "When I got home the ambulance was leaving,” said Richard Kouder, a neighbor who lives a few hundred feet away from where the body was found. “I had to pull over on the side of the road to let the ambulance go by."

Kouder describes the field off Lane Road as a dumping area.

He's seen garbage and TV’s dumped there before and says there’s heavy foot traffic on Lane Road.

"There’s a lot of people that walk out on this road because it's secluded out here to exercise," Kouder said.

Kouder said he locks his doors, simply because it’s a secluded area in the country.

Friends of White-Stout say her death is a mystery.

“Every time I met her she was happy, outgoing, the type of person that's easy to be friends with, outspoken, and just a nice smile, a good person," Buck said.

  • Summer White, Kim White-Stout's niece, gave this statement to WSBT:

She told us she was speaking to Kim in these words: “I searched both ends of the word and chased until my toes bled. I love you to the moon and Kim Possible whoever did this will be brought to justice and you know who you are.”

White-Stout leaves behind an 11-year-old son.

Timeline

Police said White-Stout went missing in the early morning hours on March 23.

Family members tell our partners at the South Bend Tribune White-Stout was out with friends the previous evening and a friend drove her home.

White-Stout didn't have keys to her house, so she decided to walk to a friend's house. She was seen walking on Main Street between Catalpa and Ardennes aveunes in Mishawaka.


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