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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (WJZ)—There are new developments in the murder investigation at the popular summertime destination Dewey Beach. A woman from Philadelphia was found dead, and now we have learned that the suspect in the case is also dead.

Mary Bubala has the latest on the case.

An arrest warrant went out for 26-year-old Pawan Kumar of Wilmington, Del. But Tuesday night,  the suspect was found dead at a Motor Lodge in New Jersey.

Kumar was wanted in connection with the death of 26-year-old Danielle Mehlman of Philadelphia. Her body was found inside a room at the Atlantic Oceanside Motel in Dewey Beach after a housekeeper entered the room on Monday.

“Never expect that to happen, very odd for this town. It gets busy in the summertime. Generally people are down here having fun,” said Michael Brown, tourist.

Crime scene tape also surrounds a car with Pennsylvania plates. Police aren’t releasing much information about the victim.

Authorities spoke with motel guests and staff members, gathering information as they piece the case together.

Before his death, Kumar was facing charges of first degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon.

The medical examiner’s office is still investigating the cause of Mehlman’s death.

The weapon used has not been identified.

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