Virginia woman last seen in Bethany Beach, possibly killed by son

BETHANY BEACH, Del. – A Virginia woman who was last seen in Delaware has been missing for almost two weeks and now police are handling her case as a homicide as they search for her body.

“At this point in the investigation, Shiela is believed to be deceased and Brian is the suspect of her death,” says Sr. Cpl. Heather Pepper with the Delaware State Police.

Shiela Doyle, a 66-year old Virginia native, is at the center of a missing persons report. The case is now being handled by the Delaware State Police homicide unit.

“She was last seen at her second residence in the Salt Pond Community in Bethany Beach, Delaware. That was on June 15th at approximately 1 PM with her son, Brian Doyle,” says Sr. Cpl. Pepper.

According to officials her son, Brian Doyle, was found dead in Fairfax County, Virginia, two days after Sheila was last seen on Skipjack Village Road in Bethany. Sheila’s black SUV was also found in Virginia.

“The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating the death of Brian Doyle, her son, and also the recovery of the vehicle as well,” says Sr. Cpl. Pepper.

As for Brian’s death, DSP says Fairfax County Police are handling that aspect but they say he stopped at four different locations in Delaware before he was found dead on June 17th: Prime Hook Road which is west of Milton, US 113 in Milford, Middle Run Valley Nature Area north of Newark and also White Clay Creek State Park which is also north of Newark.

After searching the home, investigators discovered a rug described as dark green and tan with a leaf print is also gone. “An area rug that was 8 x 10 that was located in the home in Bethany Beach has been determined to be missing,” says Sr. Cpl. Pepper.

Police tell 47 ABC family members are helping them with the investigation but they’re still searching for a missing link. “Anyone with information like if they saw Brian during this time or they saw the vehicle, if they’ve located the rug, have any type of information, we’re asking that they please come forward and help us put those puzzle pieces together,” says Sr. Cpl. Pepper.

If anyone has information about this incident, they are 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, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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