Donald Dietz, affectionately known as “Bicycle Man” in his hometown of Saranac, Michigan, disappeared in 2007. Police believed he was murdered for his $450,000 in life savings, and Rami Saba was the prime suspect. Saba used Dietz’s name to steal the money and was convicted of aggravated identity theft and bank fraud in 2011. He is currently serving a 32-year prison sentence in New Hampshire.
Dietz’s remains were never found, and he was declared legally dead in 2010. His family seeks closure and even has his headstone and grave picked out. Marvin Dietz, Donald’s brother, never gave up hope of finding Dietz’s body.
PI Vic Weeks of Lowell volunteered to help find Dietz. The retired Kent County sheriff’s deputy had permission to search the home that was previously owned by Saba. Although police had searched the property extensively in 2009, Weeks discovered charred remains on a grate and brought in a cadaver dog. The dog keyed into the site and sat down suggesting that it had found human remains.
Michigan State Police remain unconvinced, however. Their cadaver dog did not indicate the presence of human remains. The investigators sent the charred and burned material to their forensic lab in Grand Rapids, although they …read more