[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:
“Yet Another Collision of a Suicidally “Liberated,” White Female with the Third World? H1-B Visa Holder Pawan Kumar Murders School Teacher/Stripper Danielle Mehlman at Delaware Beach Resort Town, Then Commits Suicide.”]
Posted by Nicholas Stix
Murder suspect, victim met through online dating service
By George Mattar
Updated 6/21/2012 2:15:27 a.m. ET
Bensalem resident Danielle Mehlman died of multiple stab wounds allegedly at the hands of a man she met on an online dating site, Delaware State Police said on Wednesday.
Mehlman, 26, was killed Monday by Pawan Kumar, 26, of Wilmington, Del., in the Atlantic Oceanside Motel along Route 1 in Dewey Beach, state police said.
Her body was found by a motel cleaning woman, they added.
Authorities said Mehlman’s murder was the first in Dewey Beach since the town was incorporated in 1981, the Reading Eagle reported.
Mehlman was a teacher at Planet Abacus Charter School, which is in the Tacony section of Philadelphia.
One of her students said she was saddened by the news.
“For the short time I spent with her, I never thought that anything could happen to such a beautiful person inside and out. On a teacher level, she was one of the best. On behalf of the family, I wish them the strength and more they need to get through this,” said Dekira Ladson.
Police gave few details of the murder.
“The cause of death is multiple stab wounds,” said spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier. Family members said she suffered multiple stab wounds to her upper torso.
Fournier told the Reading Eagle, “We only know (Mehlman and Kumar) checked in (to the motel) the afternoon prior (to her death). The investigation is ongoing.
Basically, we’re still trying to figure out the facts to bring closure to the case, although there may never be closure for her family.”
Mehlman’s family said she recently met Kumar through an online dating service but that they had never met him.
Kumar was found dead Tuesday of an apparent suicide by overdose in northern New Jersey, said Katherine Carter of the Essex County, N.J., prosecutor’s office.
He was an Indian national in the United States legally on an H1B work visa, said Harold Ort, public affairs officer for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Newark, N.J.
Investigators said they cannot know what led to the murder of the woman, the mother of a 4-year-old son. The child is now with his father in New Jersey, the family said.