MILLSBORO, Del. – A double murder mystery is unfolding in Millsboro.
Delaware State Police say they were called to house on the 28000 block of Harmons Hill Road Tuesday morning around 1:08 AM, after a concerned family member of one of the victims stopped by to find William Hopkins, 27, and a Cletis Nelson, 29, dead.
"I don't know how long it had been but he hadn't heard from him in a while, and when he arrived, he found the two men deceased," says Corporal John Day with the Delaware State Police.
Julie Ellis-Hall tells WMDT she owns the house where police discovered the bodies of two murdered men, but has no idea who either of the victims is, or had any knowledge that the two were spending time in the home. However, she says she does know the person renting the house, Ed Cannon, who reportedly moved in two months ago.
"I know some of his family members, I knew his employer very well, and he was just a great guy," says Ellis-Hall. "He fixed the property up really nice and was very kind. I'm shocked, I mean there are just no words."
Ellis-Hall says she spoke with family members of Cannon, and they apparently do not know where he is. Police would not say whether or not they are looking for him, but they do confirm that both Hopkins and Nelson do have a criminal record.
Many neighbors on Harmons Hill Road also say they do not know anything about the victims, but the proximity of the killings has many on edge.
"It's weird, shocking, they're only a year or two older than I am," says Jonathan Bowman, who lives just a few houses away from where the murder happened. "It's just unimaginable what would cause somebody to do something like that."
Police could not say whether there were any visible signs of harm to the victims' bodies, but since there were no signs of forced entry, it suggests that this was not a random act, and the public should not be concerned for their safety.
The bodies will reportedly be turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the exact cause and manner of death.
If you have any information regarding this incident, police are asking you to call Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.
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