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Body Found In Bridgeville Still A Mystery 5 Yrs Later

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. – Flags still hang outside of the Oxford House, a halfway house in Georgetown, five years after they lost one of their residents.

"We've been sitting here wondering for years what is going on," says Lamont Hall, a resident at the Oxford House.

December 19th, 2008 was the last time Hall and other Oxford House members heard from 25-year-old Michael Chicosky. The next morning, just after 9:00 AM, his body was found by a driver on Apple Tree Road in Bridgeville.

Delaware State Police say they found multiple stab wounds on Chicosky's body, and it appeared he was dragged into a field after a struggle with another person. That same day, an hour after Chicosky's murder aired on the 6:00 news, his PT cruiser was reportedly set on fire near a local storage center.

"We think that the suspect that was involved with this became scared and wanted to try to get rid of the evidence," says Corporal Gary Fournier with the Delaware State Police. "They attempted to set the interior of the vehicle on fire, and the vehicle was towed from the scene and placed into our evidence. Investigators will continue to go over, and collect any evidence inside the vehicle, any blood, anything of evidentiary purposes that can be used later on."

Police say Chicosky was last seen driving his car through Bridgeville with two friends hours before his body was found. Chicosky reportedly dropped off one of the friends on Cannon Road, but the other male stayed with him in his vehicle. Corporal Fournier says both were questioned by detectives, but a suspect was never named in the case.

"Detectives didn't have enough evidence to detain or arrest the suspect," says Corporal Fournier.

Police say Chicosky was from Newark but had relatives in Georgetown. Oxford House members believe alcohol or drugs played a part in his death, but say they had no proof he was using again. They feel after Chicosky got the PT Crusier, things started to go downhill.

"We did have some discussions about the car, that it was trouble on the hoof," says Gene Louis, secretary of the Oxford House.

"When he got that car, he just got loose," says Gerald McNair, a member at the Oxford House. "He loved people, he loved life, he was doing really good until that night."

As police continue their investigation, Oxford House members hope for answers.

"It's long term memories that linger in our hearts and minds," says Louis. "There's a lot of people that still cry inside because Michael's gone, and we would all appreciate having this case closed."

Delaware State Police say they are looking for any tips that could help them follow up on this homicide. If you have any information, call 1-800-TIP-3333, and through this line, callers will be able to give information anonymously.

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