Delaware State Police Seek Assistance With an Unsolved Murder- Wilmington

Wilmington– The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit continue investigating the murder of Susan Ledyard, 50, of Wilmington. On July 23, 2019, at 7:39 a.m., Susan’s body was found in the Brandywine River near Northeast Boulevard.

An autopsy conducted by the Division of Forensic Science ruled Susan’s cause of death to be blunt force trauma and drowning. Susan’s car was parked on Walkers Mill Road, approximately three miles from where Susan’s body was discovered, but it is not believed Susan entered the river where her car was parked.

Through investigative measures, detectives have been able to account for Susan’s activity until 3:00 a.m. on July 23, 2019, the night before she was found but the publics’ assistance is still needed in determining her actions between 3:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., as well as any information that will lead to the identification of her killer.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact Detective Daniel Grassi at (302) 365-8441 or Detective Amy Lloyd at (302) 365-8411. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Heather Pepper

Released: 071420 1350


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