The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is currently conducting a criminal investigation in the Newark area that began on Sunday night.
Officials said on December 25, 2022, at approximately 9:48 p.m., troopers were dispatched to the report of a possible fatal motor vehicle collision on southbound Route 896 south of Route 40. Upon arrival, troopers located a single vehicle in a wooded area west of the roadway. Inside the vehicle, a 24-year-old male victim was located as the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle. Emergency Medical Services attempted to revive the victim, but he was pronounced deceased at the scene. During an examination of the victim’s body, a gunshot wound was found. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.
The Homicide Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Detectives are actively investigating the location of the incident and potential suspects.
Southbound Route 896 was closed for approximately 10 hours while the incident was investigated.