Delaware State Police Thursday announced officially the cause of death for a Wilmington woman discovered in the Brandywine Creek as a homicide due to a combination of blunt force trauma and drowning.
Authorities said early on they did not believe suicide was the cause of 50-year-old Susan Ledyard's death, discovered on July 23, 2019, near the Al O. Plant Bridge at 12th Street and Northeast Boulevard.
Her family called the Academy Park teacher's death a homicide at the end of October during a news conference, saying they were told by police investigators at the time that's how they'd be moving forward with the investigation.
Thursday's news mostly reveals Ledyard's cause of death--and little else. At a news conference on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, Delaware State Police divulged that Ledyard's body was discovered with visible injuries. =
Ledyard's black 2016 Honda Civic was recovered near Walkers Mill Road, adjacent to the Rising Sun Bridge, three miles up the river from where her body was found. She had been texting and calling friends during the early morning hours up until 2:45 a.m., according to cellphone activity detailed by police.
At 3:02 a.m., Susan Ledyard's car left her home on Riverview Avenue in Wilmington and two minutes later arrived on Walkers Mill Road, where her car would remain. Police know she was active between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m., but they do not have more specific details about her whereabouts and activities during that time, until her body is discovered.
The investigation into her murder remains active and ongoing. Anyone with information that might assist this case is urged to contact Delaware State Police at 302.365.8411 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.