Executive - Press Release

Posted on: May 12, 2015

Update on Ty Sawyer Death Investigation

The New Castle County Police Department, in conjunction with the Delaware Attorney General’s Office and The Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security Division of Forensic Science, continues its investigation in regards to the death of Ty Sawyer, a 20-year-old man from Middletown that occurred in the development of Misty Vale Farms.

In the early morning hours of April 26th, thirteen detectives, two detective sergeants, and a detective Lieutenant responded to various locations to begin the intensive and ongoing investigation. New Castle County Police Chief E.M. Setting stated, “Our Detectives have been working continuously since the first day to gather all the evidence and interview all the persons who witnessed or were involved in this incident. This case was never closed and we are still actively seeking any and all information including photographs and videos that may have been taken.”

Any time police investigate a death with unusual, unknown, or suspicious circumstances, a critical part of the investigation includes the determination of the cause and manner of death by the Division of Forensic Science (DFS). These findings are key to determining if the death can be proven to be attributed to criminal activity. Information from DFS, along with facts and evidence obtained by police detectives, are then presented to the Attorney General’s office for their review. The Attorney General’s office then makes the final determination as to what if any criminal offenses are applicable.

As with any major incident involving a death, a Deputy Attorney General also responded that day to obtain firsthand knowledge of the investigation and provide legal direction. The Deputy Attorney General has continued to monitor the investigation and provide legal guidance to police detectives. The investigation has included an in-depth crime scene analysis, multiple interviews, and the collection of numerous pieces of evidence.

The New Castle County Police are still actively investigating this case and are asking anyone with videos, photos, or any relevant information to contact our Criminal Investigations Unit. To offer information regarding this incident, please call the New Castle County Police Department at (302)395-8110 or (302)573-2800. Citizens can also visit our website at www.nccpd.com. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook at New Castle County Police Department. Citizens who currently have the smartphone application are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips. Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tip by “clicking” submit. The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all IPhone and Android smartphones.

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