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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:11 pm

By Stephanie Slifer / CBS News / July 18, 2014, 10:22 AM

Lawsuit implicates former cop in Mich. woman's 2010 death


JoAnn Matouk Romain / Personal photo courtesy of Michelle Romain

GROSSE POINTE, Mich. - A lawsuit filed by the family of JoAnn Matouk Romain, who died in 2010 in what police say was a suicide, alleges that the 55-year-old Michigan woman was murdered and that her cousin, a former police officer, was involved.

The amended lawsuit filed Wednesday in Detroit federal court says Romain told her daughter, Michelle Romain, weeks before her death that if something were to happen to her or if she were to go missing, Michelle should tell authorities to look into Timothy Matouk. Matouk is JoAnn's cousin and was a police officer for the City of Harper Woods at the time and now works as an investigator for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

The lawsuit claims that after her mother disappeared, Michelle told police what her mother had said, but that Timothy Matouk was not investigated and that local law enforcement agencies conspired to cover up what happened.

Michelle Romain, 33, told CBS News' Crimesider on Thursday that she was sitting on the couch with her mother several weeks before her January 12, 2010 disappearance when her mother's phone rang. It was Tim, JoAnn's estranged cousin who she hadn't spoken to in at least ten years, said Michelle.

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New witness drops bombshell in JoAnn Matouk Romain death investigation

Grosse Pointe Farms woman's 2010 death remains unsolved

Author: Hank Winchester, Local 4 Reporter, @HankLocal4

Published On: Jul 16 2014 05:28:07 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 17 2014 02:34:28 AM EDT

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DETROIT -  There is a new, surprising development in the investigation into the 2010 death of a Grosse Pointe Farms woman.

According to documents filed in federal court, attorneys representing the family of JoAnn Matouk Ramain revealed a new witness has come forward. The witness, Paul Hawk, has sworn under oath that he saw Timothy Matouk with JoAnn near the water the night she went missing.

JoAnn Matouk Romain was last seen Jan. 12, 2010, at a prayer service at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church. Her car, with her purse, wallet and cash inside were found in the church parking lot.

Investigators said they tracked footprints in the snow from the lot to Lake St. Clair and searched the waters, but no traces of Romain were found. Then, in March of that year, her body was found by fishermen in a channel of the Detroit River near Amherstburg, Ontario.

Timothy Matouk is JoAnn's cousin. He holds a high-profile job as an investigator with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. An attorney representing JoAnn's family said he believes the information this new witness has shared could take the case in a new direction.

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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:23 pm

Was It A Cover Up? Witness Claims He Saw Woman With ‘Estranged Cousin’ Before Her Death

July 17, 2014 4:06 PM

GROSSE POINTE WOODS (WWJ) - New information has allegedly come to light in the death of a Grosse Pointe Farms woman who died four years ago in what her family alleges was a murder covered up by two local police departments to protect one of their own.

An amended lawsuit filed by attorneys representing the family of JoAnn Matouk-Romain says a witness, Paul Hawk, was never initially interviewed by police who ruled the death a suicide by drowning.

In the $100 million lawsuit, attorneys claim Hawk identified Matouk-Romain’s cousin as being with her on the night she died. The cousin — Tim Matouk – was a Harper Woods police officer at the time and is now an investigator with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office — and he might have been the last person to see Matouk-Romain alive, according to the lawsuit. Matouk has not been charged with a crime, and the spokesperson for his office says he’s held in “high regard.”

Matouk-Romain’s daughter, Michelle Romain, told WWJ’s Charlie Langton she believes the lack of police investigation into Hawk’s testimony supports the family’s cover-up theory.

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http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2014/07/17/was-it-a-cover-up-witness-claims-he-saw-woman-with-estranged-cousin-before-her-death/
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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:41 pm

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Family's suit alleges police cover-up in death of Grosse Pointe Woods woman

June 10, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Candice Williams
The Detroit News



Michelle Romain hired private investigator Scott Lewis in 2013 to review evidence in the death of her mother, JoAnn Matouk Romain. On Tuesday, the family filed suit, alleging she was murdered and police covered it up. (David Coates / / The Detroit News)

The family of a woman found dead in Lake St. Clair four years ago sued Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Farms in federal court Tuesday, alleging authorities ignored evidence that she was killed.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, also names 20 law enforcement officials and says they conspired to cover up evidence of foul play in the death of JoAnn Matouk Romain. The complaint was filed on behalf of the family by Southfield-based 1-800-Law-Firm.

Matouk Romain, 55, of Grosse Pointe Woods disappeared Jan. 12, 2010. Her body was recovered two months later near the Canadian shore of Lake St. Clair.

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http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140610/METRO01/306100117#ixzz37qINct2Q

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Family of Grosse Pointe woman Joann Matouk-Romain announce $100 million lawsuit (Video)

Posted: 7:21 AM, Jun 11, 2014
Updated: 5:28 PM, Jun 11, 2014




(WXYZ) - Attorneys representing the family of Joann Matouk-Romain have announced a $100-million lawsuit against two police departments.

Matouk-Romain was last seen in January 2010 leaving the St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. Her body was found a few months later in the Detroit River near Canada.

Police ruled Matouk-Romain's death a suicide, but her family believes she was murdered.

Over the past few years, her family has presented new evidence that they claim proves foul play was involved in her death.

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http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/wayne-county/family-of-joann-matouk-romain-set-to-announce-100-million-lawsuit

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Family searches for answers 3 years after Grosse Pointe woman's death

Posted: Jan 12, 2013 7:54 PM CST
Updated: Jan 12, 2013 7:58 PM CST


By Ronnie Dahl, Fox 2 News

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JoAnn Matouk Romain's silver 2008 Lexus was found in the parking lot of St. Paul Catholic Church on Lakeshore Dr. Police discovered a small set of footprints in the snow leading from her SUV to the water's edge. A few months later, the 55 year old's body was found in Lake St. Clair. Police believe the Grosse Pointe Woods mother committed suicide, her family does not.

"Prior to this happening to her she did indicate she felt she was being followed," her daughter Michelle, told Fox 2. "She had a fairly simple routine and church was definitely one of them. She did indicate if something ever happened to her definitely look into it."

The discovery of Joann's body has not brought peace to her daughter, only more questions. Michelle Romain hopes new billboards posted along eastbound I-696 and Vandyke will lead to the answers she so desperately seeks.

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http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/20572473/family-searches-for-answers-3-years-after-grosse-pointe-womans-death
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What happened to JoAnn? Cops rule mother's death a suicide - but daughter insists evidence 'shows she was murdered'

. JoAnn Matouk Romain, 55, vanished as she left church in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan in 2010 and her body was found in river 2 months later
Investigators ruled that she killed herself but her daughter Michelle disputes this
. JoAnn 'filled up her car tank before her death, had bruising on her body and items of her clothing were torn'
. Michelle has urged police to re-open the investigation but they have not


By Lydia Warren

Published: 14:55 EST, 13 January 2014  | Updated: 15:55 EST, 13 January 2014


Determined: Michelle Romain is urging police to re-open the investigation into her mother's death, which they ruled as a suicide. She claims that evidence reveals that her mother was in fact murdered

Michigan police botched an investigation into a mother's death and wrongly concluded that she had committed suicide, her devastated daughter has claimed.

Michelle Romain says she has evidence to prove that her mother, JoAnn Matouk Romain, 55, was actually murdered before her dead body was found floating in a river in Ontario in 2010.

She believes that her mother was abducted outside a church where she was going to an evening Mass, chloroformed and left in the water near Belle Isle in Detroit, the Detroit Free Press reported.

She said cops in Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe Woods made mistakes throughout the investigation and is now urging them to re-open the investigation - but so far they have not.


Together: Michelle Romain, left, said her mother JoAnn, right, would never have killed herself

'My mother was murdered, pure and simple,' she insisted in a press release. 'And I will never be at peace nor will other members of my family, until this matter is properly investigated and her killer or killers are brought to justice.'

The battle comes exactly four years after JoAnn Romain, who had said she was concerned she was being followed, vanished after she attended an evening Mass at St Paul Catholic Church.

Two months later, her body was found in the Detroit River near Amherstburg, more than 50 miles from the church.

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