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Police: Arrest made in slaying of man missing for 10 years

September 15, 2021 GMT

DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) — A Georgetown man has been charged with murder in the death of a man who went missing a decade ago, Delaware State Police said.

John Wisniewski of Dagsboro was reported missing in February 2011. Over the next 10 years, investigators continued to look into his disappearance, and Delaware State Police said in January new leads emerged in the case. The leads indicated that Michael Ellingsen fatally shot Wisniewski in January 2011 and buried him on the Dagsboro property where they were both living at the time, police said.

After searching the property for several days, troopers found Wisniewski’s body along a dirt road and his death was later ruled a homicide, police said.

Ellingsen was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree murder. He’s being held on $1 million cash bond at Sussex Correctional Institution.