Death of cab driver in Millsboro ruled a homicide

Date Published: 
August 29, 2014

Delaware State Police this week were investigating the death of a taxi cab driver who was found in a cab in Millsboro. William Toomey, 45, of Millsboro, a driver employed by Delaware Beach Taxi was found deceased in the cab on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

According to police, about 10 p.m. on Aug. 20, Delaware State Police were contacted by a citizen reporting a suspicious vehicle parked on the shoulder of Country Living Road west of Hardscrabble 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.

Toomey’s 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.

“This is considered an active and ongoing investigation by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit,” said Sgt. Paul G. Shavack, director of Public Information for the DSP. “Delaware State Police detectives have been given assignments, and there is a considerable amount of work and interviews to be conducted to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident,” he added.

“We are actively engaged with the investigation, following leads and conducting interviews. I do not want to jeopardize any of these efforts by discussing the investigative details, techniques or methods utilized.”

Detectives are requesting that anyone who may have observed the taxi in the Millsboro, area between 8 and 9 p.m. on Aug. 20 to contact state police. Anyone with information in regard to the incident is being asked to contact Homicide Detective Mark Ryde at (302) 299-6102 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at www.delaware.gov/apps.

Information can also be provided to the Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com. Anonymous tips may also be sent to police via text, to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”