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Delaware State Police Homicide Unit Seeking Assistance with Locating Missing Person- Bethany Beach

Date Posted: Monday, June 29th, 2020

Bethany Beach, DE – The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate the missing person report involving Sheila Doyle, 66, of Fairfax, Virginia. Sheila was last seen at her second residence in the Salt Pond section of Bethany Beach on June 15, 2020 at approximately 1:00 p.m. Sheila was in the company of her son Brian Doyle, 35, of Burke, Virginia.

At this point in the investigation, Sheila is believed to be deceased and Brian is the suspect in her death. Brian was found deceased on June 17, 2020 by the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department.

Sheila Doyle is 5’06”, 130 lbs with brown hair. Sheila’s vehicle, which has been recovered, is a black 2020 Buick Enclave with Virginia registration UKZ7235 (stock photo attached). Brian Doyle was 6’05”, 250 lbs with brown hair worn in a buzzcut. The 8’x10’ rug pictured below was missing from Sheila’s residence in Bethany Beach.

Through investigative measures, it is known that Brian stopped in the following areas on the afternoon of June 16, 2020:

Primehook Road, east of Milton

US Route 113 in Milford

Middle Run Valley Nature Area, north of Newark

White Clay Creek State Park, north of Newark


If anyone has information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact Detective Daniel Grassi at (302) 365-8441. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

The Homicide Unit would like to thank Delmarva Search & Rescue, a volunteer organization, for their continued assistance in this investigation.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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