Somerset County States Attorney Press Release


Gold Alert Issued for Missing Lewes Teen

This is a missing teen.  NO disparaging comments will be allowed.  For the love of God I cant wrap my head around the thought process of some people.

Date Posted: Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Lewes – The Delaware State Police are issuing a Gold Alert for Rielley Ryan, 14 of Lewes who was last seen at approximately 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, February 21, 2019 in the Tall Pines MHP, Lewes.

Rielley is approximately 5’02” tall, weighing approximately 125 lbs., with blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a wind breaker style jacket (Displaying Cape Henlopen Cheerleading), light colored jeans and a white baseball cap (possibly Nike).

Attempts by family and law enforcement to contact or locate Rielley have been unsuccessful and there is a true concern for her safety and welfare.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Troop 7 at 302-644-5020 or by calling 911.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

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

Ocean City Police Release 2018 Annual Report Highlighting 22% Decrease in Crime


OCEAN CITY, MD – (February 20, 2019): The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) has released their 2018 Annual Report, highlighting a fourth consecutive year of historic low crime rates.

In 2018, the OCPD experienced a 22 percent decrease in serious crime in comparison to the previous five years, and a 15 percent decrease from 2017. Most notably, the report shows that there was a 40 percent decrease in rapes and a 36 percent decrease in robberies. Additionally, citizen-initiated calls for service decreased by over 1,300 calls – an indicator that officers were proactive and addressed issues before citizens took notice.

“After achieving yet another year of historic lows in crime, the officers and staff members that make up the Ocean City Police Department continue to exceed my expectations,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “The facts and figures within this report are a testament to their hard work and dedication to keeping this town and its citizens safe.”

In addition to crime and enforcement statistics, the Annual Report highlights the OCPD’s focus on community engagement. This includes efforts to join other agencies in homeless outreach and new community events, such as Cones with Cops and the Mounted Unit Open House. Accomplishments of each of the three divisions of the OCPD are also emphasized in the report.

To view the entire 2018 Annual Report, visit