Body of Missing Delaware Gay Man Found on Beach
Yesterday, we reported that Todd McKee, a Rehoboth Beach, Delaware resident was missing.
Local police, along with Delaware State Police and the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department, responded to a report of that a human body was found in the surf. The body was later identified as McKee’s.
Police released the following statement:
On Friday morning at around 5:45 am, members of the Rehoboth Beach Police, the Delaware State Police, and the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a human body in the surf. Along with police and fire personnel, Sussex County Paramedics arrived on scene and found the body of Todd J. McKee deceased on the beach.
A forensic investigator from the Division of Forensic Science responded to the scene and the body was removed. A death investigation is being conducted by the Delaware State Police and the Division of Forensic Science.
At this time, no foul play is suspected.
McKee’s family released the following statement concerning the discovery:
“We are devastated by the news that our beloved partner, son and brother Todd’s body was found on the beach this morning. As we mourn the loss of this beautiful and kind man, we want to thank the Rehoboth Beach police, city and state officials and the community he so loved and adopted as his home, for helping to bring Todd back to us. We would also like to thank everyone who has reached out to support us during this difficult week. We ask for your continued prayers to give us strength as we grieve.”
McKee was the partner of Jeff Guaracino, a prominent community leader in the LGBT community of Philadelphia. Guaracino is the CEO of Wawa Welcome America, an annual series of celebrations leading up to Independence Day.
One friend posted: “I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve been praying for a better outcome. Find strength in the coming days knowing you and your families are in the thoughts and prayers of many.”
Our thoughts go out to Jeff Guaracino and Todd McKee’s family at this time.