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Police ID Body Discovered in Leipsic River

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Jennifer L. Barnes, charged with murder Jennifer L. Barnes, charged with murder
Gerard T. Schweiger, charged with murder Gerard T. Schweiger, charged with murder

LEIPSIC, Del.- Delaware State Police say a body found in the Leipsic River in Kent County on Tuesday has been identified as 45-year-old Tony Mozick of Leipsic. Mozick had been reported as missing since early January and his death has been ruled a homicide.

State troopers were dispatched to the area of the Leipsic River Bridge at around noon Tuesday after a witness who was trapping in the area located a body submerged underneath the bridge. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, along with members of the Leipsic Fire Company, responded to the area and recovered the body of a man who was then turned over to the State Medical Examiner's Office and transported to Wilmington where he has been positively identified as Mozick. 

According to police, the Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the cause of death to be homicide with the manner of death being multiple stab wounds.

Troopers had been searching for Mozick since Jan. 8, when his mother contacted police to file a missing person report. Mozick's mother told troopers that her son went to her house in Leipsic daily where he was given medication due to a disability. The last time Mozick's mother had heard from her son, she said, was the evening of Jan. 5, when she spoke with him over the phone.

While investigating the missing person case, detectives said they found out about an incident that occurred on Dec. 12, when troopers were called to the unit block of West Street in Leipsic for a reported domestic dispute. Police said in that occurrence, Mozick was a victim of an assault when he was attacked by his daughter, 23-year-old Jennifer L. Barnes of Leipsic, and her boyfriend, 24-year-old Gerard T. Schweiger of Felton.

Following their arrests, Barnes and Schweiger were each issued a no contact order that prohibited them from being at Mozick's home, according to police.  Through witness accounts, detectives said they determined that Barnes was allowed back at the home due to her four children that are 5 years of age and younger.
 
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, state police detectives responded to the home on West Street and conducted a search warrant. Police said the detectives located a large amount of blood near the victim's bedroom and a portion of the carpet in the room had been removed and discarded across the street. Barnes, who was at the house at the time of the search with her four young children, was transported to DSP Troop 3 near Camden for further questioning.  The children were turned over to a relative.

Police said that through interviews and evidence located at the scene, detectives determined that on the night of Jan. 5, Barnes invited Schweiger over to the house on West Street. Investigators said that once inside, Schweiger was confronted by Mozick and a fight ensued.

Police said that during the struggle, Schweiger used a small knife and stabbed Mozick multiple times. Barnes and Schweiger then allegedly placed the victim's body in a 55-gallon plastic tote container and moved it out to a garage behind the house where they left it overnight, according to investigators.

Authorities said that on the evening of Sunday Jan. 6, the couple loaded the container into a vehicle and drove to the bridge on Fast Landing Road (SR42) just outside of Leipsic and threw it into the Leipsic River.

Schweiger was taken into custody Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Odessa and transported back to Troop 3 where he and Barnes were charged with first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, first-degree conspiracy, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, abusing a corpse and breach of release. Both are being held without bail.

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