Suspected Murder Investigation: Va. Woman Missing Out of Bethany Beach


UPDATED: 06/20/20 – The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate the missing person report involving Sheila Doyle, 66, of Fairfax, Virginia. Sheila was last seen at her second residence in the Salt Pond section of Bethany Beach on June 15, 2020 at approximately 1:00 p.m. Sheila was in the company of her son Brian Doyle, 35, of Burke, Virginia.

At this point in the investigation, Sheila is believed to be deceased and Brian is the suspect in her death. Brian was found deceased on June 17, 2020 by the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department.

Sheila Doyle is 5’06”, 130 lbs with brown hair. Sheila’s vehicle, which has been recovered, is a black 2020 Buick Enclave with Virginia registration UKZ7235 (stock photo attached). Brian Doyle was 6’05”, 250 lbs with brown hair worn in a buzzcut. The 8’x10’ rug pictured below was missing from Sheila’s residence in Bethany Beach.

Through investigative measures, it is known that Brian stopped in the following areas on the afternoon of June 16, 2020:

Primehook Road, east of Milton

US Route 113 in Milford

Middle Run Valley Nature Area, north of Newark

White Clay Creek State Park, north of Newark

If anyone has information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact Detective Daniel Grassi at (302) 365-8441


A Fairfax, Virginia woman is the subject of a Gold Alert.

Delaware State Police say Sheila Doyle was last seen Monday in Bethany Beach on Skipjack Road in the Salt Pond community. She was expected to arrive home in Fairfax, Virginia Tuesday.

Police say she could be in the company of her son, and that there is concern for her safety and welfare. Doyle is 5′ 6″, 130 lbs. with green eyes and brown hair.

If you have seen Sheila Doyle or know where she is, you’re asked to contact Delaware State Police at 302-365-8441 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.