Police seek assistance in Millsboro murder


Delaware State Police (DSP) are still seeking the public’s help in a Millsboro homicide investigation.

William Toomey, 45, of Millsboro, a driver employed by Delaware Beach Taxi was found deceased in the cab on Aug. 20.

According to Sgt. Paul G. Shavack, director of Public Information for the DSP, through investigative leads and information, DSP homicide detectives were able to determine the timeline and route of travel of the taxicab operated by Toomey.

Detectives determined that on Aug. 20, at 7:42 p.m., Toomey picked up a male passenger as a cab fare on Coastal Highway southbound, just south of the Sea Esta IV Motel in Rehoboth Beach. He performed a U-turn at Carolina Street and continued northbound on Coastal Highway to the intersection of Miller Road.

The taxi proceeded westbound on Miller Road and made a right turn onto Airport Road. He traveled westbound on Old Landing Road, and then north on Warrington Road until reaching the John J. Williams Highway (SR24). The taxi then traveled westbound into Millsboro.

Toomey crossed over US113 and continued west on DE30, where he made a right turn onto Godwin School Road. The vehicle made a left turn, eventually turning into the Parker’s Point development, where it remained in the neighborhood for approximately 10 minutes on Parker Drive.

The taxi exited Parker’s Point, turning onto Revel Road northbound where it made a left turn, traveling westbound Godwin School Rd. The vehicle turned right onto Country Living Road, where it was abandoned west of Hardscrabble Road (SR20).

DSP said that at approximately 8:45 p.m. a passerby observed a male subject in the driver’s seat of the taxi, located on Country Living Road, who did not match the description of Toomey.

Detectives are releasing these investigative details in an effort to obtain further information and additional witnesses that may have observed the taxi during its route of travel, or a male subject entering the taxi at 7:42 p.m. on Coastal Highway, or may have observed a male subject walking in the area of Country Living Road, Godwin School Road or Hardscrabble Road at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Later that evening, around 10 p.m., police were contacted by a citizen reporting a suspicious vehicle parked on the shoulder of the road. Troopers who arrived at the scene found an unresponsive Toomey inside of the passenger compartment of the taxi. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death was classified as a homicide by the Division of Forensic Science, though details of the cause and manner of his death were not released due to the ongoing investigation.

Shavack said DSP homicide detectives are continuing their investigation of the homicide, and the circumstances surrounding the incident.

He added that no further investigative details can be released at this time, as to not compromise the integrity of continued investigative efforts.

Police ask that anyone who may have any information in reference to the incident, contact Homicide Detective Mark Ryde at (302) 299-6102.

Tips may also be given through the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at, www.delaware.gov/apps. Information may also be provided to the Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

An anonymous tip may also be sent by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”