The case of Susan Morrisey Ledyard, who was found dead in Wilmington’s Brandywine Creek on July 23rd, took a new turn last week as Delaware Police now appear to be investigating her death as a homicide.
The news was shared on Saturday by Susan Ledyard’s sister Meg Morrissey Heinicke at the BBC Tavern & Grill in Greenville. Surrounded by several dozen friends and family members, Heinicke made the announcement before volunteers hit the streets to staple “What Happened to Susan” flyers to telephone poles and hand them out to neighbors.
We were unable to reach Delaware State Police today by phone to confirm the details of their investigation and what prompted them to change the case to a homicide investigation. According to reports, Police won’t publicly confirm the status of the investigation until the medical examiner’s report is complete.
The news has shaken Susan’s sisters Heinicke and Missy Morrissey and brother John Morrissey and generated new questions about the events which lead up to her death and the missing hours between 3 and 7 am, when Delaware State police told family members that Susan exhibited activity. (State Police have not indicated what evidence they have which indicates Susan Morrissey was alive between 3 and 7 am.) Family members said they are haunted by what might have happened in her final hours.
Susan Morrissey Ledyard, a Wilmington resident who was a school teacher in Pennsylvania, was found dead at 7:39 am.
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.
At the event on Saturday, Meg said the news about the change in the investigation was “shocking and confusing.” And that until recently, family members thought her death was accidental.
At the time of Susan’s death, “family and friends came together, and we began the long process of grieving. For two months we mourned her. We scattered her ashes near Stone Harbor and tried to figure out how this could have happened – still believing it to be a tragic accident,” said Meg.
Meg told the crowd that hearing the words “being investigated as a homicide” was like hearing about her sister’s death all over again. “Knowing that she died at the hands of someone – someone she may have known and trusted – is devastating. And now we are faced with these questions — who did this to her and why?”
The Morrisseys are pleading with the community to help fill in the gaps and provide any clues which might help State Police.
“Help us solve the mystery of her death by raising awareness. Someone or some people out there knows something and we need them to talk. We are making this very desperate appeal,” she said. Anyone with information on the case should call 1-800-TIP-3333 or send a direct message over Facebook.
Photos courtesy of Deirdre Doherty