Man Found Dead In Yard, Gunshot

Dover The Delaware State Police are releasing the name of the male victim who was found dead behind a residence located in the 400 block of Aspen Drive, Dover, as Tyler Parton, 24, of Dover. An autopsy conducted yesterday by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science has ruled the death a homicide by a gunshot wound, according to State Police Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Hale said that at approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, Troopers responded to a residence located in the 400 block of Aspen Drive, Pinewood Acres, Dover, after a 9-1-1 call was placed reporting a male victim unconscious and laying in the rear yard of the home. Kent County Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science was contacted and removed the male victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Delaware State Police Homicide Detectives responded to the scene and will assumed the investigation into this incident as foul play is suspected. Detectives are continuing their investigation by conducting interviews and collecting evidence to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.  Additional information and investigative details will be disseminated as soon as it becomes available and the investigation progresses.  No suspect information has been developed at this time.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Sgt. David Weaver at 302-741-2728. 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

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