Nicole Bennett, 35, found dead in Maryland

Millsboro woman's body found
June 18, 2012

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

Nicole Ann Reiser Bennett, of Millsboro and formerly of O’Neill, Neb., died Friday, June 15, 2012, a victim of homicide. Born in O’Neill, Sept. 15, 1976, she was the daughter of Stephen and Margaret Ann Schulte Reiser, who survive her.

She was a lovely person admired by the church community in which she was active, a devoted mother and wife who adored her family, and loved being a part of this community. She loved God, and worked as a director of the child care center of Bay Shore Babies, and SPLASH, and was a member of Bay Shore Community Church in Gumboro. The children at Bay Shore were special to her. She felt Sussex County was her home, and it reminded her of her native home.

She leaves behind her husband, Kevin Edward Bennett, whom she married in 1998. She also leaves her three young children, Lauren Nicole, Emily Louise and Allie Marie. She is also survived by her in-laws, Bob and Mary Bennett of Millsboro; and a brother, Craig Reiser and his wife Rachel of North Fork, Neb. She was preceded by her sister Emily in 2003. Also surviving are nieces Carlie and Adelinne; and her nephew Ben; her sister-in-law Kelli Bennett Cooper and husband Robert; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members. Of special note are a large circle of church friends.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, at Bay Shore Community Church, 36759 Millsboro Highway, Millsboro. Pastor Danny Tice will officiate. She will be flown to Nebraska for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church and services entrusted to care of Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill, with interment at O’Neill Cemetery beside her beloved sister.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Nicole Reiser Memorial Fund, c/o WSFS Bank, Millsboro Branch, 26644 Center View Drive, Millsboro, DE 19966.