New Castle County Police issued a news release on Tuesday stating that detectives investigating the death of Ty Sawyer have been actively working on the case since he was pronounced dead in the early hours of April 26.
“Our Detectives have been working continuously since the first day to gather all the evidence and interview all the persons who witnessed or were involved in this incident,” stated New Castle County Police Chief E.M. Setting. “This case was never closed and we are still actively seeking any and all information including photographs and videos that may have been taken.”
Lisa Sawyer, the mother of the deceased 20-year-old, told the Transcript that the day after her son died detectives said that they were no longer investigating the case as a homicide.
“They told me that they were not looking at the case as a homicide. That this was just a death investigation,” Sawyer said.
On April 27, New Castle County Police Officer Tracey Duffy told the Transcript that no foul play had been involved in Sawyer’s death and that his body had been turned over to forensics to determine the exact cause of death.
Duffy also said that her department was no longer investigating the case and that further details would not be released to the public. This week Duffy told the Transcript that the investigation was always ongoing.
Following protests from Sawyer’s family on how the case has been handled, New Castle County Police, have continued to issue press statements about the investigation. The department is currently waiting for toxicology results and a cause of death from the Delaware Division of Forensic Science (DDFS).
According to Kimberly Chandler with the DDFS, the cause of Sawyer’s death would take four weeks and that the information would be released when it was ready.