Police seek help in suspicious death

Published 10:03 pm Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Chesapeake police are asking for help in their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man from Brooklyn who was found dead alongside the road in the 5000 block of Sondej Avenue.

The man was found at about 10 p.m. July 8, after police responded to a report of an injured person beside the road, which is located across Route 58 from the Hampton Roads Executive Airport, near the Suffolk city limits.


The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and police have called his death “suspicious” because of the manner in which his body was found. An official cause of death has not been determined, according to Master Police Officer Kelly O’Sullivan, the Chesapeake department’s public information officer and Crime Line coordinator. But in a press release on Wednesday, O’Sullivan stated that police have ruled out homicide.


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The victim has been identified through his fingerprints as 47-year-old Julio Delacruz. He is believed to have been seen last on July 6 in the 5400 block of Wesleyan Drive in Virginia Beach. A family member has told police the man visited Virginia Beach occasionally, though it is unknown whom he saw there, O’Sullivan stated in the release.

Anyone with information about Delacruz or his death is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Tips also may be submitted by texting “CHESTIP” to CRIMES (274637) or on the web at www.chesapeakecrimeline.org. Crime Line tipsters do not have to give their names or appear in court. If information leads to an arrest, the caller could qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.