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Delaware State Police Conducting Homicide Investigation – Dover


Date Posted: Sunday, August 22nd, 2021

Dover- Delaware State Police are conducting a homicide investigation that occurred Saturday morning in Dover.

On Saturday, August 21, 2021, at approximately 8:57 a.m., the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit responded to the 2000 block of Dyke Branch Road, Dover, for a deceased subject located in a field. The victim, a 30-year-old female, was found in a cornfield with apparent gunshot wounds to the upper body. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was taken to the Division of Forensic Science for an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification to next of kin.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Mark Ryde with the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit by calling 302-741-2730 or Mark.ryde@delaware.gov. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com .

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. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell

Released: 082221 0907

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