Two found dead in Bowers Beach parking lot

Police Saturday evening gathered at the scene in the municipal parking lot on Cooper Avenue in Bowers, where two bodies covered with white sheets were visible. At least eight police cars responded to the scene. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

BOWERS BEACH — Two people were found dead in a parking lot off Cooper Avenue Saturday, police said.

The homicide unit is investigating, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe, a spokeswoman for the Delaware State Police.

Cpl. Jaffe said that investigation began at 4:04 p.m., when troopers arrived to the parking lot area off of Cooper Avenue in Bowers Beach. The two people were dead when police arrived, Cpl. Jaffe said.

A 55-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman had died from apparent gunshot wounds, Cpl. Jaffe said. She added that a handgun was recovered from the scene. 

The bodies were turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death, Cpl. Jaffe said. The victims’ identities are being withheld pending the notification of the next of kin.

The incident continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit.  If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective M. Ryde at 302-741-2730.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at