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Missing Virginia woman believed dead

Delaware News Desk
Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate the disappearance of 66-year-old Sheila Doyle, of Fairfax, Virginia.

Sheila was last seen at her second home, in the Salt Pond community of Bethany Beach, around 1 p.m. on June 15. She was with her son, 35-year-old Brian Doyle, of Burke, Virginia.

Brian was found deceased on June 17 by the Fairfax County Police Department. Sheila is believed to be deceased and Brian is a suspect in her death.

Sheila was 5-feet-6-inches tall and 130 pounds with brown hair. Brian was 6-feet-5-inches tall and 250 pounds with a brown buzzcut.

Sheila and Brian were traveling in Sheila’s vehicle, a black 2020 Buick Enclave with Virginia registration UKZ7235. The vehicle has been recovered.

The 8-by-10-inch rug pictured is missing from Sheila’s residence in Bethany Beach.

According to police, Brian stopped in the following areas on the afternoon of June 16:

  • Primehook Road in Milton
  • Route 113 in Milford
  • Middle Run Valley Nature Area, north of Newark
  • White Clay Creek State Park, north of Newark

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Daniel Grassi at (302) 365-8441. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Police would like to thank Delmarva Search & Rescue, a volunteer organization, for their continued assistance.

This is an edited police press release. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.