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Body in Silver Lake Identified as Erick Acevedo-Palencia (Missing Wesley College Student) 3-17-2019

The Dover Police Department has confirmed that the body that was located in Silver Lake on Sunday, March 17th, has been identified as Erick Acevedo-Palencia (21).  Acevedo-Palencia was reported missing after he was last seen leaving a Wesley College dorm on February 12th, 2019.  The Dover Police Department had issued a Gold Alert for Acevedo-Palencia based on information they had obtained following his disappearance (See: Gold Alert Issued for Missing Wesley College Student)


Incident/Complaint#:  50-19-7827

Date/Time: Sunday, March 17th, at approximately 9:10AM

Location:  Silver Lake, Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department is conducting a death investigation following the discovery of a body in Silver Lake on Monday morning.  At approximately 9:10AM, officers responded to Silver Lake after receiving a call from a citizen who located the body near the shore line of Lake Club Apartments.  The Dover Fire Department helped to remove the deceased person from the lake.  The body was then taken by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science Medical Examiner’s Unit.  

No further information is being released at this time pending confirmation of identity and notification of next of kin.