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Delaware State Police Seek Public’s Assistance with Solving 19-Year-Old Cold Case- Farmington

Date Posted: Thursday, September 9th, 2021

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Farmington, DE- The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit requests the public’s assistance in solving a cold case suspicious death investigation from September 2002 in Kent County, DE. Shortly before midnight on September 9, 2002, the Farmington Fire Department responded to a wooded area off Gingerwood Drive, west of Farmington, for a vehicle fire. A deceased male victim was located in the burning vehicle, later identified as Matthew Henson, 18, from Denton, MD

Through the investigation, detectives learned Henson worked at an automotive accessories business in Delmar, DE, and did auto work with friends in the Caroline County, MD area. He also bought, sold, traded automotive stereo and television equipment and installed these accessories in vehicles. Outside of his automotive work, Henson was also a member of a Denton/Greensboro, MD, area car club. 

This year marks the 19th anniversary of Matthew Henson’s suspicious death investigation. Troopers are asking anyone with information to help solve this case to please come forward by contacting the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit by calling 302-741-2703. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a 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

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