Delaware State Police are investigating a Townsend man's suspicious death as a homicide that occurred Sept. 18 at the West Motel, 711 Pulaski Highway (Route 40), Bear.


Delaware State Police are investigating a Townsend man's suspicious death as a homicide that occurred Sept. 18 at the West Motel, 711 Pulaski Highway (Route 40), Bear.

The incident occurred at approximately at about 5:30 a.m.

Troopers were called to the West Motel and found the victim, William L. Forrester, 46, of Townsend, lying in the parking lot, bleeding from multiple stab wounds.

Police said Forrester had been involved in a physical confrontation with Eric A. Ramirez, 25, of Newark, at the motel. At some point during the altercation, Ramirez pulled out a knife and stabbed Forrester. Ramirez then fled in a dark colored 4-door 2003 Honda Accord with Delaware tag No. 516875.

As detectives were searching for Ramirez, they received information that he was willing to turn himself in. At 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Ramirez turned himself in to detectives at Troop 2, Newark. He was arrested and charged with one count each of first-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. Ramirez was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 20 and is being held without bail at the Howard Young Correctional Facility to await another court appearance.

Forrester was transported from the motel by emergency medical services to Christiana Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His body was then turned over to the State Medical Examiner’s Office which determined the death to be a homicide.

Homicide detectives are still searching for the Honda Accord that Ramirez was driving when he fled from the motel. Anyone who sees the vehicle or knows where the vehicle may be is asked to call Det. Ryde at 302-531-5891 or 302-739-2470, or call the Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-847-3333.