Clifford Wright, the former boyfriend of Tamela Gardner, missing and presumed dead along with a male companion has been arrested on unrelated drug charges. 36 year old Clifford Wright is a “person of interest” in the homicide investigation involving two bodies found yesterday in a van that was owned by Tamela Gardner. In so many murder cases, the person of interest is brought in on a separate, unrelated charge while the more serious one is investigated.
Police spokesman Corporal Trinidad Navarro says Wright was charged today with two counts of delivery of cocaine. Wright also was charged July Fifth with aggravated harassment of Gardner and was ordered to have no contact with her.
Police have located the mini van of Tammy Gardner and two victims were found inside murdered. They had mysteriously disappeared from a bar where Gardner reportedly had words with an unidentified ex-boyfriend.
Police in Delaware had been searching for the minivan for days. They hoped it would lead them to a missing man and woman. Apparently, it has.
The vehicle, a 2000 Ford Windstar, was found on a remote path near a man-made hill at a park that is under construction.
That’s when police converged on the scene, but investigators don’t know how long the vehicle had been there or what happened to the man and woman inside.
An autopsy will confirm the identities, but police know the van belongs to 40-year-old Tammy Gardner, who has been missing since last Sunday, along with her companion 41-year-old Gabe Gabrielli.
Both mysteriously disappeared after being last seen at a bar where Gardner reportedly had words with an unidentified ex-boyfriend.
Tamela Gardner, 40, has been missing since Sunday when she left with 40 year old, ex-con Gabriel Gabrielli. What in God’s name does someone leave a bar with an ex-con for?
According to investigators, Gardner had returned to her Wilmington home with a man named Gabriel Gabrielli, 41, an ex-convict. Gabrielli’s last known address was in Wayne, PA.
Neighbors said they were convinced that Gardner’s ex-boyfriend was involved, NBC 10 News reported, noting that she had just received a restraining order against him.
Tamela Gardner’s van is also missing. She drives a maroon 2000 Ford Windstar with Delaware registration plates PC188864.
Description of Tamela Gardner and Gabriel Gabrielli:
Investigators said Gardner is 4 foot 10 inches tall, weighs 93 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white V-neck style T-shirt and a dark blue denim skirt.
Gabrielli was last seen wearing a dark-colored short sleeve button down work shirt. He was described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 185 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
If you have information please contact the New Castle County Police Department at 395-8171.
Van’s tag number released in search for missing woman
Police describe Gardner’s missing van as a dark red or maroon 2000 Ford Windstar mini-van with a plush dachshund hanging from the rear view mirror and a Harley-Davidson tag on the front bumper.
Gardner’s brother Pat Kreer, one of her seven siblings and half-siblings, today added a new detail for the public to watch for: “The van has a Delaware license plate. It’s PC 188864.”
(The News Jornal, Deleware on-line)
Foul play suspected in case of missing Mill Creek woman
“I’m here simply because we’re just looking for Tammy for the children’s sake,” he said.
The couple, who are the parents of a girl, 12, and boy, 10, have been divorced more than two years and share custody of the children.
In addition to issuing an updated photo of the missing woman, police today have said they suspect foul play in Sunday’s disappearance of Gardner, who lives in Mill Creek.
New Castle County police also reported a witness last seeing Gardner, 40, at about 1:30 a.m., Sunday, in her Wood Creek neighborhood home with an acquaintance, Gabe Gabriella, 41, of Middletown
(The News Journal)