Reward offered in ongoing state police probe of January 2014 double murder



MILLSBORO – A reward is offered as Delaware State Police homicide detectives continue their investigation into the double murder of William Hopkins and Cletis T. Nelson, who were found dead inside a Millsboro residence just over a year ago.

Investigation began on January 14, 2014 at approximately 1:08 a.m. after troopers were called to a residence located in the 28000 block of Harmons Hill Road, when a concerned family member of Mr. Nelson went to the residence after being unable to contact him for an extended period of time.

The family member entered the home and found the two victims deceased and called state police.  Both victims were pronounced dead inside of the residence, state police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

Preliminary investigation determined there was no indication of forced entry into the home and no suspect information was available.

Through autopsies, the Delaware Division of Forensic Science classified the cause and manner of the death of Mr. Hopkins, 27, and Mr. Nelson, 29, as a double homicide with both suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Cpl. Fournier said this continues to be an active and ongoing investigation by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit.  Detectives have been given assignments, and there is a considerable amount of work and interviews to be conducted to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.  Detectives continue to be actively engaged with the investigation, following leads and conducting interviews and do not want to jeopardize any of these efforts by discussing the investigative details at this time, Cpl. Fournier said.

Anyone with any information in reference to this incident is asked to contact the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit, Detective Fred Chambers at 388-0196.  Information can also be provided to the Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 which offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 to persons providing anonymous information that leads to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.

Information may also be provided via the internet at; anonymous tips can be sent by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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