Group of Kayakers find body in Saint Jones River, behind Capitol Green

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After further examination, investigators say the subject was a male, but additional details are unknown due to the advanced state of decomposition.

Updated on 07/08/22: Dover Police Department has identified the male subject that was located in the Saint Jones River on July 2nd as 27-year-old Jorge Valladares of Dover. The cause of death is still under investigation, but does not appear to be the result of foul play at this time.

DOVER (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Dover Police are investigating after a group of kayakers found a body floating in the Saint Jones River behind Capitol Green on Saturday Saturday, July 2nd, 2022. 

Police say the kayakers called police immediately and with the assistance from the Dover Fire Department, the body was able to be removed from the water.  After further examination, investigators say the subject was a male, but additional details are unknown due to the advanced state of decomposition.

“No obvious signs of trauma were noticed on scene, but the cause of death is unknown.,” said Police Spokesman Sgt. Mark Hoffman. “The cause of death and identification of the subject is pending further examination by the medical examiners office.”

If you wish to provide information on this case or other criminal activity, please contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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 Dover Police Victim Services Unit is available to provide help and guidance.  You can contact the Victim Services Unit at 302-736-7134 or by email at: Diane.Glenn@cj.state.de.us.

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