Details surrounding the final moments of Susan Morrissey Ledyard’s life are a fog of uncertainty, leading to more questions than answers for her grieving family and friends.
The school teacher was found dead in Wilmington’s Brandywine Creek on July 23rd under what police have been deemed “suspicious circumstances.” State Police homicide and major crimes unit officers investigating the case are still seeking clues and information on her early morning activities and whereabouts leading up to the tragedy.
Video surveillance footage and cell phone records show that the 50-year-old Morrissey Ledyard was texting and calling friends up until 2:45 am that morning.
Investigators believe she left her Riverview Avenue home in her 2016 black Honda Civic just after 3:00 am, arriving at Walkers Mill Road near Rising Sun Lane Bridge where she parked her car, about three miles upriver from where her body was discovered.
Investigators do not believe she entered the Brandywine at that location due to numerous obstructions and rocks. The timeline of her activities is a mystery after that, until her body was found at 7:39 am.
Morrisey Ledyard’s sister Missy Morrissey says the family met with officers Monday night and they “are satisfied that they are pursuing every possible avenue.” But she added, “We as a family are really struggling with the loss.”
Her family has now launched a Facebook page and flyer campaign in the hopes of getting a tip that might lead to answers about those missing hours and how and why she died. “Not finding out what happened is just not an option,” said Morrissey.
Morrissey says they are using both grassroots and digital communications because not everyone is on Facebook. Morrissey, who runs her own test prep tutoring company also leads Team Louie Animal Rescue and has successfully helped dog owners find their lost pets. She said the outpouring of support for the family has helped them get through an impossibly difficult time.
“Three days after she died, my phone couldn’t handle the influx of messages. Just hundreds,” she said.
The flyers will be distributed at BBC Tavern and Grill in Greenville next Saturday, October 19 at 10:00 am. (Flyers will be available for pick up all day.) Missy Morrissey will be joined by her parents as well as her brother John Morrissey and sister Meg Morrissey Heinicke, who are traveling from out of town, and Susan’s husband Ben Ledyard, and “lots and lots of friends” to lend support to the search.
Volunteers will then head out to distribute flyers all around Wilmington.
Anyone with information on the case should call 1-800-TIP-3333 or send a direct message over Facebook.