Death investigation underway near Laurel

PORTSVILLE — Delaware State Police are conducting a death investigation after an adult male was discovered deceased in the area of Portsville Mill Pond Wednesday, authorities said.

According to spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz, preliminary investigation found that at approximately 9:22 a.m. troopers responded to the area of Portsville Road and Dogwood Lane, west of Laurel for a report of a man that was found in the pond. Sussex County Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science was contacted to remove the man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin and extended family, to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The investigation was in the early stages and police said more information will be released when available.

Portsville Road in the area of Dogwood Lane was closed as the investigaiton began.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Detective M. Csapo at 741-2729. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at

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