Central Delaware
Police suspect Wyoming husband in murder-suicide

WYOMING – A deceased 56-year-old Wyoming man is suspected of a murder-suicide gunshot that killed his 57-year-old wife late Thursday morning, police said.

Jay A. Wyatt died Friday afternoon at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover from undisclosed wounds suffered during an incident at the couple’s home at 120 S. Layton Ave, Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Gary E. Fournier said.

Police said victim Janice L. Wyatt died from a gunshot wound to the upper torso during a homicide as determined Friday morning by the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Georgetown. She was found dead at the scene by Wyoming police on Thursday, and her body was transported to the examiner’s office later in the day.

Investigation into the alleged murder-suicide is continuing, police said, and no motive has been established.

An autopsy will be conducted early next week to determine Mr. Wyatt’s cause of death, Master Cpl. Fournier said.

The time of the occurrence was listed as approximately 11:25 a.m. on Thursday, authorities said.

Police said that the Wyatts were found on a bedroom floor of their residence suffering from apparent gunshot wounds by a relative who was concerned that the victim had not shown up to work.

The relative then contacted another family member who called 911 to report the finding, police said. Town of Wyoming police first responded to the scene, and the investigation was eventually turned over to the DSP.

Mr. Wyatt was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General in critical condition, and died from his injuries the next day, police said.

Police said at the time of the initial discovery on Thursday that the incident was isolated to the residence and there were no concerns for community safety.

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