Debra Lynn Wilson–SOLVED

Deb Wilson

Debra was last seen by relatives around 8 p.m. on the evening of December 23, 1987 in Zeeland, Ottawa County, MI.  Her husband, Rock, who was working second shift at Sintered Metal Products in Zeeland, called her and told her he was going to a Christmas party after work. When he arrived home he found all of the lights on in the house and an open sliding door that led to the back yard. He called his father, Hardee Wilson, to help search and eventually Rock found Debra’s body fully clothed next to a trailer about 120 feet from their house at about 5:30 a.m., December 24, 1987. There were no signs of forced entry, and police said they could not determine if she had been forced or carried to the location where her body was found. Neither robbery nor sexual assault appeared to be a motive.

Return Ottawa County Sheriff Gary Rosema indicated in a Dec. 2016 interview that the case had been solved, that Mrs. Wilson’s killer was David Oudemolen, and that Oudemolen died before he could be charged. You can read, view, and listen to more about it here and in subsequent posts.

Grand Rapids Press, December 24, 1987

Grand Rapids Press, December 24, 1987

Grand Rapids Press, December 25, 1987

Grand Rapids Press, December 27, 1987

Grand Rapids Press, December 31, 1987


Investigative Contact:
Detective Jake Sparks at: 616.994.4710 or Detective Jeremy Baum at: 616.738.4018

Date of Birth:
November 15, 1957

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Date of Death/Disappearance:
December 24, 1987

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