Laurel man in custody in Virginia indicted in murder of Seaford woman

LAUREL – A 32-year-old Laurel man in custody in Virginia will face murder and other charges in Delaware in the murder of a Seaford woman who was found dead along a roadway near Laurel earlier this month.

Joseph Beck

Delaware State Police in conjunction with the Delaware Department of Justice Monday indicted Joseph Beck in the death of 34-year-old Tia A. Tucker of Seaford, state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

The deceased victim was found on the side of S. Shell Bridge Road near Broad Creek Estates on March 9.

Authorities later determined that the cause and manner of death was homicide, sustained from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. The victim was identified by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science.

Through further investigations, the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit identified Beck as the suspect, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Beck was indicted on the following charges: Murder First Degree; Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony; Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited and Abuse of Corpse.

Beck is currently being held in Virginia, awaiting extradition back to Delaware, Cpl. Jaffe said.

The case remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit.

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