A Delaware man was reported missing in 2011. A decade later, police say they found his murdered remains on a property and the person who co-owned the land is now in cuffs.
Michael Ellingsen, 31, was charged with first-degree murder and taken into custody, Delaware State Police announced this week.
In Feb. 2011, John “Doug” Wisniewski was reported missing to the Delaware State Police.
Over the past 10 years, detectives continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding Wisniewski’s suspicious disappearance, police say.
During the investigation, detectives learned that Wisniewski lived at a residence on the same property as Ellingsen’s home in Dagsboro, Delaware, at the time of his disappearance.
In Jan. 2021, police determined that in late Jan. 2011, Ellingsen shot and killed Wisniewski and buried his body on the property where their homes were located, authorities reported.
For numerous days in Jan. 2021, multiple troopers and the Division of Forensic Science Investigators searched the property for Wisniewski’s remains. On Jan. 22, Wisniewski’s body was located on the property, according to Delaware State Police.
His remains were exhumed, and when an autopsy was conducted, his death was ruled a homicide.
On Sept. 13, 2021, a Sussex County Grand Jury issued an indictment for Ellingsen’s arrest. Later that day, Delaware State Police located Ellingsen, and he was taken into custody without incident.
Ellingsen was arraigned in court and bail was set at $1 million.