State Police Identify Missing Brandywine Swimmer, Major Crimes Unit Investigating

Wilmington – The Delaware State Police Major Crimes Unit has identified the 20-year-old Wilmington man who was reported missing after jumping into the Brandywine Creek on Monday, July 24, 2017, as Miguel Angel Del Valle.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing as members of the Delaware State Police Scuba Team, Talleyville Fire Company, and officers from the DNREC Natural Resources Police; State Parks Enforcement, continue to search the creek and surrounding area for Del Valle.


Wilmington- The Delaware State Police Major Crimes Unit is currently investigating the report of a missing Wilmington man who was last seen jumping into the Brandywine Creek last night, according to State Police.

Officials said the initial investigation began on Monday, July 24, 2017 at approximately 8:11 p.m., after troopers responded to the Alapocas Run State Park, located at 1914 W. Park Drive, to assist DNREC Natural Resources Police; State Parks Enforcement, and local fire companies with the search of a 20-year-old male subject who had been reported missing after he had jumped into the Brandywine Creek and never resurfaced.

It was learned that the victim was at the creek with three other male subjects and had jumped into the water utilizing a rope swing at approximately 6:30 p.m. He was last seen going over a dam in the creek. The other three subjects eventually reported the incident to 9-1-1 at approximately 8:11 p.m. after they had returned to their homes located within the city of Wilmington, according to police. A search of the water and surrounding areas was conducted but was suspended at approximately 11:00 p.m. without the missing subject being located.

The Delaware State Police Major Crimes Unit has responded to the scene and has assumed this investigation.  More information will be released as details become available.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit at Troop 2 at 302-365-8567. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at and select submit a tip! No IP address are recorded.