Media Notification- PIO Change

The following is presented for informational purposes only and is not meant for news release:

Good morning,

Please join me in welcoming our new PIO M/Cpl. Michel Eckerd.  Mike is an 18-year veteran of the division with previous assignments as a Major Crimes detective and Special Investigations Squad detective.

Mike will be using my work cellphone number and his email is – please add him to your distribution lists.

I will be staying with the PIOs through September 8th then I’ll be transferred to our Uniformed Patrol Division.

Thank you all for making my time as PIO an enjoyable experience.

All the best,


Police Issue Gold Alert, Seek Missing Townsend Woman- Winifred Spence

New Castle County Police are currently searching for 88-year-old Winifred Spence missing from her home in the community of Odessa National.

(Townsend, Del. – 19734) Yesterday (Aug 25) at about 10:30p.m., County Police were dispatched to the 400 block Glenturret Way for a missing person report.  Police learned that Winifred Spence left her residence in a vehicle for a family member’s residence, located in the Bear area, at about 8:00 p.m. that night.  Winifred Spence did not arrive at her destination.

Winifred Spence is described as a white female, 5’02” tall, 130lbs, with grey hair and blue eyes.  She was last seen wearing a white blouse and blue pants.

Winifred Spence may be driving a 2017 maroon Lincoln MKZ displaying Delaware registration SP102.

Police searched for Winifred Spence, which included checking her planned destination, but were unable to locate her.

Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Winifred Spence to please contact New Castle County Police by dialing (302) 573-2800 or visit our website at Citizens with the smartphone application are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips.  Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tip by “clicking” submit.  The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all iPhone and Android smartphones.

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Winifred Spence