The Delaware State Police have arrested and charged two in connection with the death of a 45-year-old Leipsic man.
The investigation began on Jan. 8 when the victim's mother contacted State Police to file a missing person report on her son, Tony Mozick. The mother informed troopers that her son comes to her house in Leipsic daily where he is given medication due to a disability. The last time she heard from Tony was the evening of Jan. 5 when she talked to him over the phone.
Police said research conducted by detectives, who were investigating the missing person case, revealed an incident that occurred on Dec. 12 where troopers were called to the unit block of West Street in Leipsic for a reported domestic. In that occurrence, police said Tony Mozick was a victim of an assault when he was allegedly attacked by his daughter, Jennifer L. Barnes, 23, of Leipsic, and her boyfriend, Gerard T. Schweiger, 24, of Felton. After the two were arrested, Barnes and Schweiger were issued a no contact order that prohibited them from being at the residence where Mozick lives. Through witness accounts, it was determined that Barnes was allowed back at the residence due to her four children that are five years old and younger.
On Tuesday at approximately 9 a.m., detectives from the Troop 3 Criminal Investigations Unit and Homicide Unit responded to the residence on West Street and conducted a search warrant. Investigators located a large amount of blood near the victim's bedroom and a portion of the carpet in the room had been removed and discarded across the street, police said. Barnes, who was at the house at the time of the search with her four young children, was transported to Troop 3 near Camden for further questioning. The children were turned over to a relative.
Through interviews and evidence located at the scene, it was determined that on the night of Jan. 5, Gerard Schweiger was invited over to the house on West Street by Jennifer Barnes. Once inside the house, Schweiger was confronted by Mozick and a physical altercation ensued. During the struggle, Schweiger allegedly used a small knife and stabbed Mozick multiple times. Police said Barnes and Schweiger then placed the victim's body in a 55-gallon plastic tote container and moved it out to a garage behind the house where they left it overnight. On Sunday night, Jan. 6, the couple then loaded the container into a vehicle and drove to the bridge on Fast Landing Road (Route 42) just outside of Leipsic and threw it into the Leipsic River, police said.
Schweiger was taken into custody yesterday afternoon in Odessa and transported back to Troop 3 where he and Barnes were arrested for murder 1st degree, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, conspiracy 1st degree, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, abusing a corpse, and breach of release.
The two were arraigned at Justice of the Peace No. 7, and Schweiger was committed to James T. Vaughn Correction Center while Barnes was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institute, both without bail.
The investigation into this incident is continuing. Currently, the State Police SCUBA team and officers from Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife are conducting a search of the Leipsic River and its tributaries in an attempt to locate the container and body of Tony Mozick. Additional information will be released as the investigation unfolds.