(Newark, DE 19713) On October 31st, 2018 officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the community of Whispering Pines for a report of a missing person. Upon arrival, the officers spoke with friends and learned that 28-year-old Jeremy Chisom was last observed leaving the unit block of Clarion Court. He had not been seen or heard from since, which caused concern for his welfare.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigation assumed the investigation.

After an extensive investigation, detectives were able to name 29-year-old James Kline as a suspect in the disappearance of Jeremy Chisom.

Yesterday, (May 16) detectives assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Maryland State Police executed a search warrant at James Kline’s residence in the unit block of Meadow Road, in the community of Christiana Acres.  Evidence was recovered that further implicated Kline in Jeremy Chisom’s disappearance.

Further investigation will be conducted; however, preliminary indications are that Jeremy Chisom was murdered at this location and his remains were disposed of on the property.

Currently, forensic investigators are at the scene collecting additional evidence.

While the investigation is still ongoing, detectives today (May 17) were able to arrest James Kline and charge him with: one count of felony Abuse of a Corpse, one count of felony Tampering with Evidence, once count felony Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, one count of felony Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited and one count felony Murder First Degree.

He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held in lieu of $1,082,500 cash bail.

“This was a lengthy investigation that took a great deal of investigative work. “, stated Colonel Vaughn M. Bond, Jr. ” We hope that this once again serves as an example of our commitment to victims of crime and their families.  To those who thought we did not take this incident seriously; I hope you will find the time to apologize to those you scrutinized-especially to the detectives who worked tirelessly to solve this matter.

Again,  for us to have safe communities the police and community must form a partnership.  We must work together.  We have many unsolved cases that can be solved if we work together .”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Det. DiNardo at 302-395-8110 or by e-mail at David.DiNardo@newcastlede.gov or by calling New Castle County Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800 or via messenger on Facebook. Citizens can also submit a tip anonymously by text. Send a text to 847411 with NCCDE in the text field and your tip.

Additionally, if you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a violent crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need assistance, the New Castle County Division of Police Victim Services Unit is available to offer you support and resources through (302) 395-8000.

James Kline

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