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The family of Susan Ledyard, who was murdered in 2019, is putting up a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Ledyard, 50, was killed during the morning hours of July 23, 2019, which the Delaware Division of Forensic Science said was done by blunt force trauma and drowning, according to WDEL News.

Authorities recovered Ledyard’s body from the Brandywine River near Northeast Boulevard at about 7:39 a.m. that same day.

Police later located her 2016 Honda Civic near the Rising Sun Lane Bridge over the Brandywine, about three miles upstream, reported WDEL News. Police said they do not believe she entered the Brandywine where the vehicle was parked.

After reviewing surveillance footage and cell phone records, detectives said she was texting and calling friends until about 2:45 a.m. on July 23. She pulled out of her driveway at about 3 a.m., heading towards Walkers Mill Road, according to WDEL News.

Police believe that her vehicle was then moved to the Rising Sun Bridge.

Based on the evidence from her Fitbit device, detectives theorize that Susan was alive until 7 a.m., but they are uncertain where she was between 3:02 a.m. and 7 a.m. on July 23.

According to DSP, the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit has received assistance in the investigation from outside law enforcement agencies and civilian experts. Detectives are continuing to seek information from the public regarding Ledyard’s murder and her activities in the hours before her death.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Detective Daniel Grassi of the Homicide Unit at 302-383-0611 or

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