Maryland State Police Homicide Unit continues to investigate the murder of a Millsboro woman whose body was found June 15 on an embankment off a dirt road in Worcester County, Md.
The victim is identified as Nicole Bennett, 35, of the 33000 block of Windswept Drive in Millsboro. Bennett's body was lying on an embankment in an area where there are no homes in the immediate vicinity. Bennett’s body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy, but the cause of death has not been released.
Shortly before 9 a.m. June 15, Worcester Central received a 911 call reporting the body of an unidentified woman on Swamp Road, a dirt road east of Nelson Road. The caller told police he was in the area walking when he noticed the woman’s body lying on an embankment that slopes downward from the roadway.
Police learned Bennett was the subject of a missing person case being investigated by Delaware State Police. Bennett’s husband had called 911 about 8 a.m. June 15, reporting his wife missing after she did not come home from work the night before.
The missing person report and family members told police Bennett had a rose tattoo on the inside of her right ankle. The woman found in the embankment had the same rose tattoo as verified by Delaware State Police and Bennett’s family.
A family member told police the family had last heard from Bennett on the night of June 14. A monetary reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for Bennett’s murder. Calls are being taken by the Worcester County Lower Eastern Shore Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776. Calls will remain confidential.
Deputies from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, and investigators from the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation, Delaware State Police and the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene. Crime scene technicians from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division responded to gather evidence. The Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Wicomico County Bureau of Investigation, and the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation have also been assisting with the investigation.
Obituary: Bennett was child care director