As son is found dead, Police now believe Virginia woman missing since June 15 is deceased

A mysterious missing person case has turned for the worst as police say the search for Sheila Doyle of Fairfax, Va continues. Police found her son deceased in Fairfax, Virginia two days after Sheila was reported missing.

BETHANY BEACH (DE): Delaware State Police say they are still searching for Sheila Doyle, 66, of Fairfax, Virginia. Police put out a second news alert this morning seeking the public’s help with finding her.

“At this point in the investigation, Sheila is believed to be deceased and Brian is the suspect in her death.,” said police spokeswoman Heather Pepper. “Brian was found deceased on June 17, 2020 by the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department.”

Doyle was reported missing on June 15, 2020 at her second home, in the Salt Pond section of Bethany Beach. She was in the company of her son, Brian Doyle, 35, of Burke, Virginia, according to an earlier news release.

Although Brian is deceased, he was also the suspect in her disappearance., according to police. Fairfax Virginia Police Department found his body on June 17, 2020, exactly two days following her disappearance. Detectives now believe that Sheila is also deceased and are trying to locate her body.

A former neighbor of Sheila said, “Sheila Doyle was my neighbor until I moved in 2018. She’s a real doll. I hope they find her safe and sound. I’ve shared this with my contacts as well. Praying for her safety!!!”

Sheila Doyle is 5’06”, 130 lbs with brown hair. Sheila’s vehicle, which has been recovered, is a black 2020 Buick Enclave with Virginia registration UKZ7235 (stock photo attached).

According to Fairfax, VA Police Department, her vehicle was located in the 3700 block of Lockheed Boulevard at Huntley Meadows Park in Virginia.

Photo| Delaware State Police

“Praying whoever did something to her has no place to hide and soon apprehended, praying for truth and answers.,” said Gary Brabbs

Brian Doyle was 6’05”, 250 lbs with brown hair worn in a buzzcut. The 8’x10’ rug pictured below was missing from Sheila’s residence in Bethany Beach.

Investigators know that Brian made stops at Primehook Road, east of Milton, US Route 113 in Milford, Middle Run Valley Nature Area, north of Newark, White Clay Creek State Park, north of Newark

If anyone has information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact Detective Daniel Grassi at (302) 365-8441. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at

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