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Sticky: Rehoboth’s Paula Grossi Murder Still Unsolved

UPDATE:  The search continues for 2 suspects who shot 45 year old Paula Grossi in her Winner Circle home near Rehoboth Beach in January of 2007.  State Police have released a new composite picture of the second suspect and are hoping that seeing them will jog someone’s memory from that day.   Cpl Jeff Hale tells WGMD…

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Two others were asleep in the home – they were tied up while the suspects ransacked the house.  Paula’s father, Francis Grossi offered a reward soon after the murder – and on the eve of 5th anniversary is offering another…

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Anyone with information on the Paula Grossi murder – call Crime Solvers at 1-800-TIP-3333.


Almost five years after 45-year-old Paula Grossi was killed in her Rehoboth Beach home, Delaware State Police say they are still searching for answers to who may have committed the crime.

Homicide detectives will have a press conference at 10 o’clock this morning in Dover to answer questions in reference to Grossi’s homicide.

Police say they were called to Grossi’s home on Winner Circle in the Stable Farm Development on January 26, 2007; they found Grossi’s son and a female friend bound and the house had been ransacked; Grossi had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

WGMD News will have more details for you this afternoon following this morning’s press conference.

Press conference audio here.


DSP News Release:  Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Cold Homicide Case
Location: Residence in the 36000 block of Winner Circle, Stable Farm, Rehoboth, DE
Date of Occurrence:
  • Friday, January 26, 2007 at 12:50 p.m.
  • Paula F. Grossi, 45 (picture attached)
  • White male, 40 years of age, 5’06” tall, 200 lbs, with an unknown type of mark (possibly a tattoo) under his left eye. He was seen wearing a pair of black overalls, brown construction boots, a black knit cap, and dark gloves (see attached composite sketch- thin face).
  • White male, 20-25 years of age, 5’07” tall, 160 to 170 lbs. He was seen wearing a hooded jacket, white gloves, and a wool “skull cap” (see attached composite sketch- round face).
Rehoboth, DE- Delaware State Police Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in solving a five year old homicide case that occurred in Rehoboth.
On Friday, January 26, 2007, the Delaware State Police responded to a residence located in the 36000 block of Winner Circle, in the Stable Farm development of Rehoboth, DE for the report of a shooting that had occurred. Upon their arrival, troopers located a female victim, later identified as Paula F. Grossi, suffering from a gunshot wound. Ms. Grossi succumbed to her fatal injury and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was subsequently turned over to the medical examiner’s office who determined that the cause of her death was homicide.
Arriving troopers also learned that a relative of the victim and a friend were asleep in a second floor bedroom of the home when the shooting occurred. They advised troopers that two white male suspects confronted them in the bedroom and bound their hands and feet. The suspects then ransacked the home prior to fleeing. The relative and the friend were then able to free themselves at which time they located Paula Grossi on the first floor of the home.
The subsequent investigation has produced several leads in the case; however, detectives have been unable to make an arrest. Detectives have been able to obtain composite sketches of both suspects (See attached).
The Delaware State Police are asking anyone who may have any information in reference to this homicide or may recognize the suspects depicted in the sketches to contact Detective Roger Cresto at the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit at 302-741-2732. Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).  Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com.
Released Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Category: Local News


10 Responses

  1. guest says:

    Just curious, where did WGMD get information that the person tied up was “Grossi’s son”? I don’t think the State Police ever released any information other than it was “a relative of the victim”.
    According to the obituary Rossi’s son was named Rocco Grossi. Here is an interesting story about someone with the same name:

    Another interesting thing to come out of the press conference was the new composite- how did that come about? I thought I heard one of the Troopers say they were unable to get in touch with a witness….. I wonder if this was a new witness or someone who DSP could not locate. How many witnesses have come forward?

  2. Countryboy says:

    “VERY” interesting.

  3. Local says:

    Darryl Justin Cebenka looks surprisingly like the drawing to the left

  4. Local says:

    Meant to the right

  5. guest says:

    I didn’t notice the date of the story.

  6. bmartin says:

    Rumor had it at the time that it was a mob hit from wilmington/jersey area

  7. thats him says:

    Thats darryl in that mug! Rocco needs to come clean and say why she really was killed.

  8. bmartin says:

    Associated with delle donne family of which paula grossi was godmother to a family member killed in car accident.

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