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Gold Alert Issued for Wesley College Student Missing Since February 12th, 2019

Incident/Complaint#:  50-19-4518

Date/Time:   Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at approximately 6:21PM

Location:  Wesley College, 120 N. State Street, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


The Dover Police Department is issuing a Gold Alert while they investigate a missing person.  Erick Acevedo-Palencia (21) was last seen leaving the Malmberg Hall dorm at Wesley College at approximately 6:21PM on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019.  Surveillance footage shows Acavedo-Palencia leaving the dorm and walking towards the nearby intersection of Division Street and Bradford Street.  Acevedo-Palencia was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black athletic-type pants with a white stripe, and white sneakers.  He is approximately 6’2″ and 175 pounds, with black hair, and brown eyes.    Erick Acevedo-Palencia has a residence in Wilmington, Delaware as well.

During the investigation, it was learned that Acevedo-Palencia made statements to others that are cause for concern for his health and safety, prompting the Gold Alert.

If anyone has any information that can help investigators locate Acevedo-Palencia, please call 302-736-7111.  

Still image shows Acevedo-Palencia leaving Wesley College’s Malmberg Hall
Erick Acevedo-Palencia