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A Delaware Preschool Teacher Didn’t Show Up for Work. Now, Her Boyfriend Is Accused of Her Murder.

Delaware Preschool Teacher Found Dead, Boyfriend Charged: Police
Source: New Castle County Police Department

Stephen Heck was charged with murder after the body of Cynthia Amalfitano was found in a park near her home.

Oct. 8 2023, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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A 63-year-old preschool teacher in Delaware was reported missing and now police have announced a 66-year-old man has been arrested in connection with her death.

On Sept. 25, the New Castle County Police Department issued a Gold Alert for Cynthia Amalfitano, who was last seen leaving her house on the evening of Sept. 23.

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According to WPVI-TV, Amalfitano failed to show up to her job at Concord Preschool and Childcare, so her coworkers became concerned. She worked at the school for 24 years.

Officers went to Amalfitano’s home in Wilmington on Sept. 25 to perform a welfare check on her, officials said.

During the welfare check, officers noticed her car, purse and cell phone were at the residence, but she was not.

On Sept. 26, detectives located Amalfitano’s remains near a parking lot in Carousel Park, which is a short walk from her home, authorities said. Her death was ruled a homicide, but officials have not said how she died.

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Police were able to identify the victim’s boyfriend, Stephen Heck, as a person of interest.

On Oct. 3, Heck was arrested and charged with one felony count of first-degree murder.

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Pastor Steve Clark of Concord Presbyterian Church told WPVI-TV the community was shocked when Amalfitano was listed as missing and her photo was put out.

He said, "That picture was her. Bright. She lit up a room wherever she was."


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