Body of Missing Warren, Michigan Football Coach Found; Two Charged in Connection with His Murder

James Wilkins (left) and Donald Renfroe (right)

The Warren Police Department has confirmed the discovery of James Wilkins’ body, a local father and football coach who disappeared under mysterious circumstances earlier this year. His remains were located in a remote area of Oscoda Township, buried in a secluded spot near an access road surrounded by dense brush and trees. The discovery was made possible with the assistance of a cadaver dog from the Michigan State Police.

James Wilkins, aged 27, was reported missing on June 9, with the last known communication being text messages from his phone. His disappearance triggered an extensive search and investigation, leading to the arrest of his roommate, Donald Renfoe. Renfoe faces multiple charges including first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, concealing the death of an individual, and possession of a firearm during a felony. He was arraigned on these charges on August 25.

Additionally, Darius Glenn has been charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact, for his alleged involvement in covering up the murder.

Early in the investigation, authorities suspected foul play. Renfoe was quickly identified as a person of interest, leading to search warrants executed at his apartment and a vehicle linked to him. During the apartment search, police discovered a freshly patched bullet hole and traces of suspected blood. Further investigations revealed Renfoe’s purchase of cleaning supplies from a local store on the day Wilkins went missing.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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