Body Found Floating In The Broadkill River Identified


Milton – The victim of an Oct. 28 fatal boating accident on the Broadkill River near Oyster Rocks Road has been identified as Dan M. Cochran IV, 62, of Lewes, accorfing to DNREC Police Spokesman Lt. John McDerby.

McDerby said Cochran, who had been kayaking alone, was located in early afternoon by a couple boating in the area. They initially observed an empty kayak and then noticed the victim floating nearby. The victim’s body was recovered by the Lewes Fire Department and then turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science for an autopsy.

An investigation of the incident was jointly conducted by DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police and the Delaware State Police. The boating accident remains under investigation by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police.

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Milton – Troopers are conducting a death investigation after a body was discovered floating in the Broadkill River yesterday, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier.

Fournier said at approximately 12:42 p.m. Saturday October 28, 2017, a couple boating in the Broadkill River, in the area north of Oyster Rocks Road, discovered an empty kayak, a cooler, and then a body floating in the water. Troopers, Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Officers, and fire personnel responded to the area where the body was located and secured.

The adult male was removed from the scene and turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science in order to confirm the deceased’s identity and perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.