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Remember Scott Peterson, the murderer who killed his pregnant wife, Laci, and was convicted and sentenced to death in the California courts?

Well, meet Stephen Grant.

Stephen Grant.

Body parts found in Grant home

March 3, 2007



New Update: 9:20 a.m. Today

Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel announced this morning that investigators found a torso in the Washington Township. home of Stephen and Tara Lynn Grant.

Previously reported: 6 a.m. Today

Macomb County sheriff's deputies armed with search warrants swept through Stephen Grant's home in Washington Township and his family's business in Mt. Clemens on Friday -- three weeks to the day after his wife, Tara Lynn, disappeared.

At a news conference Friday night, Sheriff Mark Hackel said authorities had enough evidence to convince a judge to approve the warrants in hopes of learning what happened to the 34-year-old international business executive and mother of two small children. The request for the warrants was made, he said, after "a lot of dialogue with the prosecutor's office."

Hackel repeatedly refused to say what led authorities to ask for the warrants Friday or what investigators were seeking.

"We'll be out there as long as it takes," he said. Two investigators used a flashlight to look through trash in the back of the machine shop called USG Babbitt, which makes bearings for the automotive industry and is owned by Stephen Grant's family. Meanwhile, others spent hours inside.

Near the Grant home, police stopped every car headed into the neighborhood and only let residents through.

Hackel said Grant was detained before the search warrants were executed but was not arrested.

Grant's lawyer, David Griem, denounced the search as a staged stunt without legal foundation.

"I cannot believe this search warrant will hold water, there is no legal basis for this search," Griem said. "Stephen Grant had already given investigators free run of the house on Feb. 14 when he reported his wife missing.

"In this state's legal system today, sadly, police can find a magistrate or judge who will sign anything police put in front of them," Griem said. "The timing of this is incredibly suspect. They waited until they could do it live on the 6 o'clock news."

Tara Lynn Grant's disappearance was not reported by her husband until Feb. 14 -- five days after he said she disappeared from their home. He told police they had quarreled upon her return from Puerto Rico, where she worked for Washington Group International, an engineering and consulting firm.

Stephen Grant -- who told the Free Press last week that authorities called him their No. 1 suspect, a claim authorities have denied -- said the two had words over Tara Lynn's decision to return to Puerto Rico on Sunday, rather than Monday, when she typically went back to the Caribbean. He said he last saw her getting into a dark sedan near the bottom of their driveway.

Stephen Grant, 37, said he waited to report his wife missing, believing she was angry with him and had returned to Puerto Rico early. He said he waited 24 hours after she missed a meeting in the Caribbean before calling authorities.

Since then, the woman's disappearance has generated headlines and broadcast reports, as the sheriff's department has tried to find any trace of her. Extensive canvasses of the area -- including some 150 searchers last Saturday combing through nearby Stony Creek Metro Park, an area where she ran and jogged -- have turned up nothing. There has also been no activity on her credit cards or cell phone since at least Feb. 9, the day her husband said he last saw her. Her last call was to the home after she returned from Puerto Rico.

The warrants were approved Friday by Magistrate Richard McLean of the 42-I District Court. Sheriff's deputies cordoned off the area, making it difficult to see authorities at work in and around the house in the Carriage Hills subdivision.

Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Bill Cataldo acknowledged his office was consulted prior to the search.

Contact JOE SWICKARD at 313-222-8769 or jswickard@freepress.com. Staff writers Ben Schmitt, Naomi R. Patton and Amber Hunt contributed to this report.


Well, well, well, Mr. Grant. I wonder what that nanny who recently flew back to Germany has to say now, what with her stating that she was there the night Tara Lynn disappeared, and all the denial she gave as to Stephen's inability to commit such an act.

Oh, and guess what, it becomes itself to more of the bizarre.

On local television, just now, Stephen Grant's lawyer has reported that Stephen may have committed suicide.

So that pretty much can be taken as a guilty plea? If his lawyer is correct in his assumption from his last conversation with Stephen, then I guess we'll never really know what happened.


Well, now we have ourselves a multiple-month marathon of Court TV coverage.

They caught Stephen Grant this morning in northern Michigan.

Link to Article

Police Arrest Husband Accused of Murdering and Dismembering Tara Grant

Police arrested a man early Sunday wanted in connection with the dismembering death of his wife, FOX News has learned.

Stephen Grant was arrested early Sunday morning in Emmet County, Mich., after a statewide manhunt. The county is near the tip of the state's Lower Peninsula, about 300 miles from his home in Washington Township in suburban Detroit.

Police launched the search Saturday after discovering what they believe to be Tara Lynn Grant's dismembered torso in the garage of the couple's house.

An arrest warrant was issued Saturday charging Grant with murder, disinterment and mutilation. The torso and body parts found in various places in a nearby park had yet to be positively identified as of late Saturday, but Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel said he was sure they were Tara Grant's.

"He is the number one, and at this time the only suspect in the murder of Tara Lynn Grant," Hackel said.

Tara Grant was last was seen Feb. 9, and Stephen Grant reported her missing five days later. Police say the day the 34-year-old businesswoman went missing, the Grants argued over her frequent business trips abroad. Throughout the search for his wife, Stephen Grant has maintained his innocence.

"We have located his vehicle," said Sheriff Pete Wallin before the arrest. "We're doing an intensive search with assistance from the Coast Guard and our emergency response team. We've notified people in the area."

State police said late Saturday that authorities were closing in on Grant at a cabin at Wilderness State Park, located near the Mackinac Bridge linking Michigan's Lower and Upper Peninsulas.

A truck Grant was believed to have driven from his home 30 miles north of Detroit was found Saturday night near Carp Lake, just west of the state park.

Grant, 37, went missing hours before police found the torso in the garage of his home. Hackel said Grant fled the area in a friend's pickup truck shortly after allowing deputies inside his house to execute a search warrant.

Police obtained a warrant to search the home after persuading a judge that there was probable cause to believe a crime had been committed there. Hackel told reporters Saturday evening that investigators "did find several items we suspect were used in the commission of this crime," but added, "By no means did we expect to uncover what we did in the home."

About 100 law enforcement personnel looked for other evidence and additional body parts Saturday near the Grants' home and in nearby Stony Creek Metropark. The search was suspended at nightfall and resumed Sunday morning, Hackel said.

Grant's lawyer, David Griem, said Saturday he had spoken twice that day with his client and that he feared Grant was suicidal.

Tara Grant was an operations manager for Boise, Idaho-based Washington Group International, an engineering and construction firm with an office in the Detroit suburb of Troy. Her job regularly sent her to Puerto Rico.

If convicted of open murder, Grant could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


This particular quote from another article, given to the Detroit News by Stephen Grant, uh, really draws my attention.

Hours before police executed a warrant to search his house for clues as to his wife's disappearance, Stephen Grant told a newspaper he understood why people suspected him of wrongdoing but said he was innocent.

"That's what I would think when I watched cases like this," he told The Detroit News on Friday. "When Laci Peterson came up missing (in 2002), I was sure her husband (Scott) did it. But now I'm on the other side of it."

Huh. Sounds like a little sympathy for the devil.

Link to Article

What Stephen Grant said

Compiled by Macomb Daily Staff

Over the past three weeks, accused wife killer Stephen Grant has given numerous interviews to local newspaper and television news reporters.

In his almost unprecedented access to the media -- he provided his cell phone number to reporters -- Grant's face and words about his possible role in his wife's disappearance have become familiar to the public.

Here are some of the things he has said:

* "They told me I am the No. 1 suspect; the husband always is. I have nothing to do with it. I miss her with everything I have."

* "The last time I saw (Tara), she was getting into a car and backing out the driveway, that's it."

* "I pray she's with some guy than any of the other options."

* "I've had nothing to do with her disappearance. That night the last time I saw her she started getting in the car and backing down the driveway -- that's it. That's all I care about -- just find Tara."

* "I think about what if something happened and I just can't get further with that thought. Yeah, it's been explained to me that as time goes on what happens to the chance that she's going to come back or call, but I just don't want to think that."

* "When Alicia (Standerfer) tells the public she's lost all faith in me or whatever, I worry about that getting back to the kids. I don't worry about all the suspicion on me, but I wish some people would think about them."

* "I have this fear that one of the students is going to come up to my children and say, 'your daddy did something terrible to your mommy.'"


And then there's more of a gigantic 1.5 hour interview he gave the Detroit News on Friday.

Link to Article

Stephen Grant: 'I was the perfect mom -- not Tara'

George Hunter / The Detroit News

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP -- Stephen Grant resented the time his wife Tara spent away from home on business, and he often engaged in power struggles with her over "who was boss" and "who was going to run the household," he said.

In his last known interview Friday afternoon -- just hours before the Macomb County Sheriff's Office descended on his home with a search warrant -- Stephen Grant talked to The Detroit News about his growing frustration with his marriage.

Police were searching for Grant today after finding what they said were Tara Grant's body parts in the couple's garage and scattered at Stony Creek Metropark in northern Macomb County.

In a wide-ranging, hour-and-a-half interview with The News on Friday, Stephen Grant said he was offended because Tara treated him like a "valet," and he said she was a bad mother because she didn't spend enough time with their two young children.

During Friday's interview, Grant spoke in an animated voice about feeling disjointed, and how his life was "surreal like I'm walking around in a dream."

"I was the perfect mom -- not Tara."

At one point, Grant extolled his wife for being a "good mother." But a few minutes later, he called her a "bad mother," who never had time for her children.

"I was a better mom than Tara was. There's no other way to put it. I was the mom in the house -- she was gone all the time. If the kids needed someone to take them to swimming, or school, or soccer practice, I took them."

Tara Grant worked for Washington Group International, an Idaho-based construction company. She was a systems manager, whose job often took her overseas.

Grant's sister, Alicia Standerfer, told The News last week that Tara Grant was a loving mother who would fly home often to attend her children's school functions.

But Stephen Grant said his wife never came home for her children's activities.

"Some of her family has said in the media how much she loved her kids, and how she would try to fly back in order to attend their functions," he said. "But that's not true. I can't recall one time when she did that.

"To be honest, as weird as it sounds for me to say this, I was the perfect mom -- not Tara."

Grant said he often struggled with his wife over "trying to show who's boss, and who's going to run the household. It didn't need to be that way."

"I gave up."

Grant said the last time he saw his wife the night of Feb. 9, she walked out of their attached garage and got into a dark-colored car.

"All I could do was close the garage door," he said. "I was done I was tired of bickering about the travel, and I gave up."

Hours after Grant made that statement, investigators found his wife's torso in the garage.

Grant said he quarreled with his wife for several hours Feb. 9, after she told him she planned to fly back to Puerto Rico on business a day earlier than planned.

Tara Grant returned home from her company's Puerto Rican office that night, which was a Friday, and was originally scheduled to fly back Monday morning..

But those plans changed, Stephen Grant said -- "and that's when I got upset."

Despite the frequent bickering, Grant said he never got violent. "It was the opposite -- when she would yell, I'd get quiet," he said.

"In a lot of households, when there's an argument, that means fists are involved," Grant said. "But Tara and I never did that. It wouldn't come close to happening. I wouldn't do it."

But Grant said the two parted on bad terms after their fight.

"She left the house angry," Grant said. "My biggest concern was that I was going to have to explain to the kids the next day why their mother wasn't going to be there like she said she would.

"Before she left, the last words she said to me were, 'don't forget to take my truck in on Monday' (for repairs)," he said. "That really took the wind out of my sails. She was telling me that's all I was; it was like, 'You be the valet and take my car in.'"

After the argument, which Grant said took place in the couple's bedroom, he said his wife went downstairs to the kitchen. He said he heard her have a telephone conversation with someone, saying, "I'll be right out."

"I watched her leave through the garage and get into a dark car," Grant said. "That's the last time I saw her."

A surprise visit

Stephen Grant met Tara Destrampe while she was a student at Michigan State University. He had recently dropped out of school to take a job with former state Sen. Jack Faxon, D-Farmington Hills.

Grant said his wife's appearance changed from when he first met her.

"Tara looked completely different when we met," he said. "She was beautiful it's hard to explain she just looked a lot different. She had the big hair, and it was a different look."

Stephen and Tara stayed platonic friends for a few months after they met -- but not for lack of trying on his part.

"I asked her out, and she turned me down," he said. "She said she kind of had a boyfriend from up north where she was from. I said, 'that's like kind of being pregnant -- either he's your boyfriend or not.' But I respected that, and we were just friends at first."

When Tara's grandmother passed away later that year, she flew to her hometown of Escanaba for the funeral. Before the service started, Tara's family got a surprise visitor: Stephen Grant.

"I felt the right thing to do was to come up and pay my respects to her grandmother," Grant said. "So I drove up. It took all day. I called her and told her I was right there, and she said, 'what?' She was really surprised."

Tara showed up to meet Grant with her boyfriend. "It was awkward," Grant said. "But it wasn't terrible."

He said he went to dinner with the family, "but I felt really out of place. So I drove back to Lansing. The next day, Tara called me and told me she was in love with me."

Early years of marriage

The couple dated for a few months before Tara moved into Grant's Okemos apartment.

"I couldn't find another political job," Grant said. "That was right after 1994, the year the Democrats lost their shirts, and there were a lot of out-of-work Democrats. So I moved down here to work for my dad."

Grant's father owns a tool and die shop in Mount Clemens. Police also searched the shop early Saturday morning for clues, hours after searching Grant's home.

Stephen and Tara married in September 1996. Times were tough at first, he said.

"The economy wasn't so good, and it was hard to find a job," Grant said. "She finally got a temporary job at Morrison Knudsen (which eventually was acquired by the Washington Group.)"

In November, 2000, Tara gave birth to a daughter. Then, in November 2002, she had a son.

"Our son was a surprise," Grant said. "Tara had gotten what she thought was a (birth control) shot, but they gave her a flu shot instead. It was a surprise. At first it was tough, because we weren't ready for that mentally -- we thought it was going to be just one kid. But then he was born, and he was as perfect as his sister was."

"I learned to deal with it"

As Grant's wife climbed the corporate ladder, he said he saw less and less of her.

"She's been traveling all over the world for four years," he said. "It became difficult, but I learned to deal with it.

"I've heard comments in the media from people who said Tara must have met with foul play because she would never have left her babies like that," he said. "But this is the same person who was gone five days a week. Yes, she was there on weekends, but it wasn't out of the ordinary for her to come in, kiss the babies, and then leave again."

The Detroit News published a series of e-mails two weeks ago in which Grant expressed his frustration about his wife's frequent business trips to an ex-girlfriend

In the e-mails, Grant also seemingly flirted with his ex-girlfriend, telling her he wanted to see her naked and that he wanted her to give him a sponge bath.

He also wrote that he thought his wife was having an affair with a co-worker -- a man he referred to as "the old geezer."

Grant said he was joking when he wrote the emails.

"I did say 'I want to see you naked,' but that's because I'm a guy," Grant said. "Men always want to see women naked.

"Those were private emails sent jokingly to an old friend," Grant said. "There are a lot of things people say just kidding around that they wouldn't want to see on the front page of the newspaper."

On Friday -- before police named Grant as a suspect in the case of his wife's disappearance -- Grant said he understood why people thought he killed her.

"That's what I would think when I watched cases like this," he said. "When Laci Peterson came up missing (in 2002), I was sure her husband (Scott) did it. But now I'm on the other side of it.

"I know people think I had something to do with why Tara is missing," Grant said. "But I didn't do it."

You can reach George Hunter at (586) 468-7396 or ghunter@detnews.com.


Of course you didn't do it, Stephen Grant. It was a political plot to frame you because you were a good and decent American. I'm sure the 'old geezer' at Tara's work did this and tried to frame you by leaving her torso in your garage. Maybe it was your nanny who did it. I know, it was aliens. Or, she just dropped dead, and you didn't know what to do. There's plenty of ideas, of course, and I'll bet they'll all be explored. Sure, you were the better mom, Stephen. I tell all my female friends I'd like to see them naked.


[User Picture]From: holzerhedrpca
2007-03-03 03:21 pm (UTC)
Is it just me, or has the frequency of fucked up stories gone up in the last 10 years or so?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-03-03 03:27 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say it's you.

30 years ago, I wouldn't have been able to post this up on a web page, thus letting anyone and everyone know about breaking news. You'd have maybe discovered this if you happened to pick up a weekend Detroit paper, if you were into reading papers, maybe because you had something going on in Detroit that you wanted to check out.

In other words, the speed and size of information has grown so much over the last ten years that you can essentially consider all the lil' reports you never heard about to have been happening at the same percentages, more or less, since people first began to organize in villages. Information explosion makes it seem all the more rapidly growing for rates. Maybe population gives rise to more cases, but it's along the same percentage. I'm pretty certain about that.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-03-03 03:28 pm (UTC)
I love the fact that the lawyer for Grant was practically calling it a witch hunt, right up until they found a fucking human torso in his garage.
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[User Picture]From: holzerhedrpca
2007-03-03 04:00 pm (UTC)
At that point, it goes from a witch hunt to a Hunt for the Next Jeffery Dahmer.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-03-03 04:54 pm (UTC)
The weirdest thing is that they had a nanny who was there the night she was last seen.

That was a nanny who was working through a German service. She's since flown home to Germany.

I wonder if they'll want her to come on down for some questions . . . and I wonder if the German government will say, "up yours."
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-03-04 12:49 pm (UTC)
And they caught him . . . Early Sunday Morning.
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[User Picture]From: mizcrank
2007-03-03 10:32 pm (UTC)
i recognized this story, but i wasn't sure from where. Now I know. I saw a brief on it over at America's Most Wanted (www.amw.com) last week. It only caught my attention because they are in Michigan. Truly sad. I'm thinking of the kids now.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-03-03 10:35 pm (UTC)
Up until just recently, while that body was in that house, they were with the dad.

Those kids seem to have enough relatives around to help them grow up and have a chance.

Worst thing in the world would be for that family to turn on the TV today. It's bonkers here. They found the rest of the mother in a field on 29 and Mound.
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[User Picture]From: mizcrank
2007-03-04 01:50 am (UTC)
29 and Mound..in a field? Really?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-03-04 08:22 am (UTC)
For real.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-03-04 12:11 pm (UTC)


He's being tracked in northern MI after they found the vehicle he used to flee.

Apparently, he took a few grand in cash with him. Doesn't sound very suicidal.

I want Griem arrested for obstruction of justice. I want Griem to pay for his actions in some way. I don't know if charges brought on Griem are possible, but that lawyer is key in screwing up this investigation by the most obscene comments possible. It's one thing to be duped by a psychopath, but to be so certain about the client's innocence to turn it into an at-will fight with the Macomb County Police (that thankfully, Macomb County Sheriffs didn't indulge) . . . Griem deserves to be more than disbarred.

This will be painted, if he's brought to justice, as a man who snapped, and it will be painted with all kinds of sympathy. What stands out is that he kept the body in the house with the children, hiding it in the garage. Couple that with the pleas for her safety, plus the constant communications he kept up with the press, plus claims he made, to the effect that he was more of a mother to his children than his wife, well, this man makes a serious case to reconsider the death penalty in Michigan.

Stephen Grant is truly rotten. Good luck to the defense team that handles this. It will be more than a circus. Court TV will likely use this for the next several months, it's that bizarre. There's little chance for obfuscation any longer with regard to not guilty pleas and conspiracies. Not even insanity can be used. There's a difference between insanity and evil. Grant's sick, but his actions fall in the category of evil.

I seriously doubt there is a plausible explanation that can rule him innocent of his wife's death.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-03-04 12:20 pm (UTC)
In Stony Creek Metropark, they found the rest of her.

I'll back off on the idea of death penalties, since that's pretty harsh sentiment for a man that has yet to be captured, let alone put through the system. The medical examiner's report is far from finished, and that will likely pinpoint part of what happened.

What keeps going on in my head is how the rest of the time spent from her death played out . . . that's the most bizarre part. It's not like I haven't heard of similar situations, but still, it's wrong.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-03-04 01:09 pm (UTC)
Well, they got him.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-03-03 11:14 pm (UTC)
The guy's still alive.

News reports said he was contacting people.

Macomb County Sheriff believes he's still in the state.
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[User Picture]From: fruitpunch76
2007-03-04 04:00 am (UTC)
He's apparently in Emmett County, or Cheboygan area. Police are on their way up there now.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-03-04 08:22 am (UTC)
If they capture him, this may turn out to be even more high profile than first imagined.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-03-05 09:05 pm (UTC)

This is going to be a pretty quick trial.

Stephen Grant confesses killing, dismembering his wife

By Pete Vere
Monday, March 05, 2007

From his hospital bed in Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, Stephen Grant has reportedly confessed to killing and dismembering his wife, Tara Lynn Grant.

Grant, who repeatedly told reporters he had nothing to do with the disappearance of his 34-year-old spouse (shown), fled to the Mackinac area of Northern Michigan after her dismembered remains were found in and near their house in a house in a suburb of Detroit.

Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel told a news conference today that Grant confessed on videotape to slaying Tara while their two young children, aged four and six, were sleeping in their home.

"He told how he caused her death and dismemberment and that he went to Stony Creek Park and discarded the body itself," said Hackel.

In Petoskey, emergency room physician Dr. John Bednar said there is little probability of permanent injury from the frostbite suffered by Grant.

He said that Grant would likely be released from hospital today, after which he'll be brought back to Macomb County to face charges.

Grant is "awake, alert, calm and cooperative," Bednar said.

Other facts about the case, as compiled by SooToday.com from Michigan news outlets:

- Tara Grant grew up on a small farm in the Upper Peninsula, just outside of Escanaba. (Detroit Free Press).

- The Grant family included a six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son. (Detroit News).

- Grant was found shoeless yesterday morning, trying to hide under a tree in Emmett Township at the northern tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. (Detroit News).

- He had spent eight hours outside; temperatures had fallen to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. (Detroit News).

- Grant did not put up any resistance while cornered, It does not appear that he was in sufficient physical condition to have done so. (Detroit Free Press).

- Although the temperatures were well below freezing, Grant was captured in a shirt, pants and socks - nothing else. (Detroit Free Press)

- Law enforcement had tracked down Grant by tracing a telephone conversation between him and his sister. (ClickOnDetroit.com)

- "I don't think he could have made it much longer," Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin Wallin said, adding that "I wouldn't have wanted to be out there." (Detroit News).

- Grant was not carrying any weapons, but had taken out money from his bank account. (Detroit News).

- David Griem, who was Grant's lawyer, told The Detroit News on Saturday that he thought Grant had committed suicide after two telephone conversations earlier that morning. By Sunday, Griem was stating that he had resigned as Grant's lawyer.(Detroit News)

- After being captured and sent to the hospital, Grant told the media that he loves and misses his children. (Detroit News).

- Grant's children are staying with an aunt and uncle. As of yesterday, they had not been told that their mother is dead, according to their uncle, Chris Utykanski. He's the husband of Stephen's sister Kelly. (Detroit Free Press).

- The uncle will tell the children in the presence of family and a professional counselors. (Detroit Free Press).

- Although Tara Grant had been missing for at least three weeks, it wasn't until the discovery of a bloody plastic bag in the woods near the Grant home, that police and prosecutors had enough to obtain a search warrant in the case. (Detroit News)

- Police obtained a search warrant to check out the Grant home after a neighbour discovered a bloody Ziploc bag in a nearby wooded area, containing metal shavings, latex gloves and human blood. (Detroit News)

- Grant works at a tool and die shop owned by his father.(Detroit News)

- Police say that the metal shavings were consistent with what would be found in a tool and die shop, leading to speculation that Tara's body may have been dismembered there.
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