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Police: Missing Kimberton Man Was Murdered, Suspect Arrested

On October 31st, 2018 officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the community of Whispering Pines for a report of a missing person. Upon arrival, the officers spoke with friends and learned that 28-year-old Jeremy Chisom was last observed leaving the unit block of Clarion Court. He had not been seen or heard from since, which caused concern for his welfare.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigation assumed the investigation.

After an extensive investigation, detectives were able to name 29-year-old James Kline as a suspect in the disappearance of Jeremy Chisom.

Jeremy Chisom

Yesterday, May 16, 2019,  detectives assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Maryland State Police executed a search warrant at James Kline’s residence in the unit block of Meadow Road, in the community of Christiana Acres. Evidence was recovered that further implicated Kline in Jeremy Chisom’s disappearance, said police.

Officials said further investigation will be conducted; however, preliminary indications are that Jeremy Chisom was murdered at this location and his remains were disposed of on the property.

Currently, forensic investigators are at the scene collecting additional evidence.

While the investigation is still ongoing, detectives today, May 17, were able to arrest James Kline and charge him with: one count of felony Abuse of a Corpse, one count of felony Tampering with Evidence, one count felony Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, one count of felony Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited and one count felony Murder First Degree.

James Kline

He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held in lieu of $1,082,500 cash bail.

“This was a lengthy investigation that took a great deal of investigative work. “, stated Colonel Vaughn M. Bond, Jr. ” We hope that this once again serves as an example of our commitment to victims of crime and their families. To those who thought we did not take this incident seriously; I hope you will find the time to apologize to those you scrutinized-especially to the detectives who worked tirelessly to solve this matter.

Again, for us to have safe communities the police and community must form a partnership. We must work together. We have many unsolved cases that can be solved if we work together .”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Det. DiNardo at 302-395-8110 or by e-mail at or by calling New Castle County Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800 or via messenger on Facebook. Citizens can also submit a tip anonymously by text. Send a text to 847411 with NCCDE in the text field and your tip.

Breaking Report

New Castle – Last night we began receiving multiple reports that Federal Agents, County, and State Police were on Meadow Road in New Castle.

Local residents in the neighborhood tell us that officials in a backyard of a home with shovels and yellow tape is surrounding the scene.

One resident said, “The officer here told me to not use my backyard until they remove all the tape which might not be until Saturday.”

Residents are being told that police are investigating a missing person.

One resident sent a photo that shows an officer searching behind a fence that is cordoned off with yellow tape,

Police are interviewing residents in the neighborhood. Currently, there are nine police vehicles on scene and several detectives gathering evidence.



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