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Human skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area off Pollybranch Road near Selbyville on Monday, March 2.

Remains found near Selbyville identified as those of Laurel man

Delaware State Police have opened a death investigation after human skeletal remains were discovered near Polly Branch Road, just outside of Selbyville town limits.

On Monday, March 2, around 6:12 p.m., DSP troopers responded a wooded area of Polly Branch Road just north of the Route 17 (Roxana Road) intersection. An individual had reported the discovery of skeletal remains to police. Detectives responded to the wooded area and confirmed them to be human skeletal remains.

Police on Tuesday said they could not comment on the state of the remains, nor on whether it appeared to be an intact skeleton. They said it appears to have been one deceased person. There is no determination yet of how long the remains were there.

“There are not any concerns for public safety at this time,” said MCpl. Melissa Jaffe, DSP public information officer.

Delaware State Police and the Selbyville Police Department responded to the scene together, although the site was outside of municipal boundaries.

Much of Polly Branch Road is outside of town limits, which has made law enforcement a challenge for Selbyville police, who have been concerned about drug activity in that area.

Many questions will go unanswered until the Delaware Division of Forensic Science finishes an autopsy to determine the identity of the deceased person, as well as the time, cause and manner of their death.

The DSP did not share any identifying details about the individual who contacted police about finding the remains.

The case remained under investigation this week. If anyone has information in the case, they are asked to contact DSP Troop 4, Major Crimes Unit, Detective K. Archer at (302) 856-5850. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at

Editor's note: This story was updated at 11:14 a.m. with additional information from the Delaware State Police.

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