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Del. Woman Found Murdered in Worcester County, Md.

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Very few details have been released about the death of Nicole Bennett. Residents in Gumboro say they do not feel safe because no suspects have been taken into custody for the murder of Nicole Bennett.  Athena Gibbs of Gumboro said, "In a small community like this, traffic is really slow and with [police] not reporting anything about a vehicle left behind or that they left behind is not giving us too much information on it."

WHALEYVILLE, Md.- Maryland State Police are investigating the murder of a woman whose body was found in an embankment off of a dirt road in Worcester County.

The victim is identified as 35-year-old Nicole Bennett of Millsboro, Del.

Shortly before 9 a.m. Friday, troopers received a 9-1-1 call reporting the body on Swamp Road, a dirt road east of Nelson Road. The caller reportedly told police he was walking in the area when he noticed the woman's body lying in an embankment sloping downward from the roadway.  

Police said that during the course of the initial investigation, troopers learned Bennett was the subject of a missing person's case being investigated by the Delaware State Police. They said Bennett's husband had called 9-1-1 at about 8 a.m. Friday to report his wife missing after not coming home from work the evening before.

According to the missing person report and family members, Bennett had a rose tattoo on the inside of her right ankle. Police said the body of the woman found in the embankment had the same rose tattoo as verified by Delaware State Police and Bennett's family.  

MSP said a family member told troopers they had last heard from Bennett on the night of June 14.   

Bennett, a mother of three children, was a long-time member of Bayshore Community Church in Gumboro, where she also worked as a daycare teacher.

Deputies from the Worcester County Sheriff's Office, investigators from the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation, Delaware State Police and the MSP Homicide Unit responded to the scene. Crime scene technicians from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division responded to gather evidence.

Bennett's body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.  The cause of death has not yet been determined.

At this time, a monetary reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for Bennett's murder.

Anyone who was traveling on or around the Swamp Road area on Thursday evening, June 14, who may have noticed any vehicles on the side of the road or people walking in the area, is asked to call MSP at the Berlin BK or the Worcester County Lower Eastern Shore Crime Solvers at (410) 548-1776.

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