Skeletal remains found in Dover, near Firefly grounds

Forensic vehicles park on Leipsic Road near Dover Friday after a Firefly Music Festival camper found a body in a wooded area near the festival. (Special to the Delaware State News/Jon Lloyd Jr.)

DOVER – The Delaware State Police are conducting a death investigation after human skeletal remains were located Thursday night in a wooded area near the ongoing Firefly Music Festival.

Authorities said Friday that preliminary investigation determined that at approximately 7 p.m., human remains were discovered by a person walking through the wooded area east of Leipsic Road near Marley Lane. According to the Associated Press, the person, who is attending Firefly, contacted troopers and notified them of the discovery, authorities said. Detectives responded to the wooded area and confirmed them to be human skeletal remains.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said the skeletal remains were  not discovered on the grounds of the Firefly Music Festival.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science was contacted and is currently assisting with the investigation. The identity is currently unknown. The investigation into the death is in its early stages as troopers continue to collect and analyze evidence at the scene.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Detective D. Blomquist at 698-8426. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, online at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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