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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 255-9047, Pager

Date: February 17, 2011

Human Skull Found Near Port of Wilmington Identified

Wilmington man had been missing since 2007

WILMINGTON - The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says the human skull found January 4, 2011 in Wilmington has been positively identified as Gary R. Mayo (born April 29, 1963) of Wilmington, DE.


Gary Mayo reportedly fell off a 20' boat into the Christina River on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2007. There were several unsuccessful attempts to rescue him before he submerged into the river and extensive searches were unsuccessful. The investigation conducted by Delaware State Police.


On January 4, 2011, human Remains were exposed on muddy tidal flats and recovered by a boater along the shoreline of the Delaware River about 300 yards south of the Port of Wilmington. An investigation was conducted by:


The nearly complete male cranium (lacking a lower jawbone) was in very good condition despite undergoing some erosion due to water action (tides, waves, currents).

Remains were examined by:

Based on macroscopic and osteometric anthropological assessment, radiological comparison to CT scans (anti-mortem CT Scans provided by Papastavros Associates Medical Imaging and Forensic dentistry (anti-mortem dental records provide courtesy of Dr. Richard Jacobs DDS, of Claymont, DE), positive identification was established as Gary R. Mayo

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