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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • UPDATE: New Castle man charged in murder of Smyrna woman

  • New Castle County Detectives have arrested a New Castle man in connection with the murder of a Smyrna woman earlier this week.
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  • New Castle County Detectives have arrested a New Castle man in connection with the murder of a Smyrna woman earlier this week.
    The murder of Ashleigh Close, 26, took place early Monday morning in the Pine Valley Apartment comlex in New Castle on South DuPont Highway where she lived. Police have arrested Wade Smith, 24, who also resides in the apartment complex. Police said Smith has been charged with first degree murder and several weapons offenses. Smith, who police said is a convicted felon, is prohibited from possessing weapons.
    On Monday at 12:30 a.m., County Police, Paramedics (2D) and ambulance personnel from the Wilmington Manor Fire Company responded to the 500 block of South DuPont Highway for an unresponsive female. When emergency personnel arrived, they entered the apartment and found a female subject apparently deceased. The victim was tended to by paramedics and later pronounced dead at the scene.
    During the investigation, investigators were able to gather additional evidence that would help to identify the victim's boyfriend, later identified as Wade Smith, as the suspect involved in the crime. As a result of information received from the Delaware State Medical Examiner's Office, detectives learned that the case has been ruled a homicide and the victim died from an apparent gunshot wound to her upper body.
    Wade Smith has been charged with murder in the first degree, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited. He was arraigned and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institute and is being held without bail.
    To offer any information relating to this crime, please contact the New Castle County Police Department at 395-8110 or visit our website at www.nccpd.com. Citizens may also provide a text tip at: 847411 (TIP411), begin your message with NCCPD and then type your message. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

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