Person found dead in vehicle in ‘rural area’

CLAYTON — There were no early indications of foul play or suspicious activity after a person was found dead in a vehicle Wednesday morning, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Hazardous materials were located inside the vehicle after troopers were dispatched to the 3600 block of Sudlersville Road at approximately 9:38 a.m., authorities said.

The vehicle was surrounded by tall grass in the middle of a yard in a rural area.

“The compaint was called in by a concerned citizen,” Cpl. Jaffe said.
Further investigation revealed a deceased victim and hazardous material inside the vehicle.

Besides DSP, DelDOT, DNREC, EMS and the Leipsic, Hartly and Little Creek fire departments were called to the scene.

DSP referred all questions about the hazardous materials to DNREC.

DNREC’s Emergency Response & Prevention Section, and Natural Resources Police, Environmental Crimes Unit responded.
“DNREC hazmat personnel worked into the afternoon to complete containment and decontamination of the scene,” according to spokeswoman Joanna Wilson.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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