Homicide unit now seeking information on missing woman last seen in Bethany Beach

June 29, 2020

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is seeking information on a Virginia woman who was reported missing from Bethany Beach on June 15.

A Gold Alert was issued for Sheila Doyle66, of Fairfax, after she was last seen about 1 p.m. on Skipjack Village Road, Salt Pond Development, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police. She was expected to arrive at her Fairfax home on June 16, and she was last known to be in the company of her son, 35-year-old Brian Doyle of Burke, Va.

Since then, Brian Doyle was found dead June 17 by the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia, said Senior Cpl. Heather Pepper of the Delaware State Police. Pepper said Sheila Doyle is also believed to be deceased.

During the investigation, Pepper said, police determined that Brian Doyle had stopped at several places during the afternoon of June 16 including Primehook Road east of Milton, and U.S. Route 113 in Milford. He was also spotted in the Middle Run Valley Nature Area and White Clay Creek State Park, both north of Newark, she said. Delmarva Search & Rescue, a volunteer organization, has assisted with the investigation, Pepper said.

Police said the Doyles may have been traveling in a a black 2020 Buick Enclave with Virginia tags, registration UKX7235. The car has been recovered. An 8-by-10-foot rug is missing from the Bethany Beach home, Pepper said.

Sheila Doyle is described as 5-feet-6-inches tall, 130 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair. She may have been wearing a black zip-up jacket, black pants, black shoes and glasses.

Anyone with information in reference to her whereabouts or this case is asked to contact Detective D. Grassi at 302-365-8441 or by calling 911. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or at

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