PRESS RELEASE

Sergeant Paul Shavack
Email: Paul.Shavack@state.de.us


UPDATE, RIVER VILLAGE MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER


***UPDATE***

 

DSP News Release: River Village Man Charged with Murder

 

Location: Residence located in the 27000 block of Barkantine Drive, Millsboro, DE

 

Date of Occurrence:   Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.

 

 

Victim: Dorothy L. Gudger, 70, Millsboro, DE

 

Defendant, Charges, and Arraignment Information:

 

-Michael D. Purnell, 43, Millsboro, DE

 

-Murder 1st Degree

-Rape 1st Degree

-Possession of a Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony (2 counts)

-Burglary 1st Degree

 

Resume:

Millsboro, DE- Delaware State Police Homicide detectives have arrested a 43 year old Millsboro, DE man and charged him in connection with the murder of a 70 year old woman.

 

The investigation into the incident began at approximately 2:48 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, after troopers were told to respond to a residence located in the 27000 block of Barkantine Drive in the River Village development in Millsboro, to check on the welfare of the 70 year old female resident. After being unable to make contact with the resident, troopers made entry into the home and located the woman on the floor deceased. It was initially believed that troopers had made the initial entrance into the home; however, further investigation revealed that concerned neighbors had originally entered the home and discovered the victim. It was then that they called the 9-1-1 call center.

 

Through further investigation detectives learned that the defendant, Michael D. Purnell, 43, of the 27000 block of Merchantman Drive, in River Village, had recently been seen doing odd jobs for the victim at her residence. Detectives also learned that Purnell was a registered Tier II sex offender.

 

Detectives responded to Michael Purnell’s residence and took him into custody without incident at approximately 7:30 p.m. He was then transported to Delaware State Police Troop 4. After further investigation, it was learned that the victim has been deceased since the evening of October 31, 2011.

 

Detectives obtained a warrant charging Michael Purnell with the above listed crimes. He was arraigned at JP Court 3 and is currently being held without bail at the Sussex County Correctional Institution.

 

Detectives are awaiting the results of an autopsy by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office which will determine the manner and cause of the victim’s death.

 

This investigation is continuing.

 

 

         Michael D. Purnell 

 

 

Released Thursday, November 03, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.

 

Original release below

 

 

DSP News Release:  Troopers Investigating Suspicious Death in Millsboro

 

Location: Residence located in the 27000 block of Barkantine Drive, Millsboro, DE

 

Date of Occurrence:   Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.

 

Victim:  

 

-70 year old female resident

 

Resume

Millsboro, DE- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating the suspicious death of a 70 year old female in Millsboro, DE. 

 

The investigation into this incident began at approximately 2:48 p.m. today after Troopers were called to a residence located in the 27000 block of Barkantine Drive in Millsboro. Concerned neighborhood residents had called the 9-1-1 call center after they had not seen the female homeowner for several days. Upon arriving at the residence, Troopers attempted to make contact with the homeowner, however, received no response. They then made entry into the home at which time they found the 70 year old female homeowner laying on the floor of the residence deceased. The victim’s body was turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

 

This incident is being investigated as a suspicious death at this time. The name of the victim is being withheld pending the notification of the next of kin.

 

More complete information will be released at a later time.

 

 

Released Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.

 
Last Updated: Thursday, 03-Nov-2011 16:09:30 EDT
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