The Delaware Office of the Medical Examiner has ruled that the death of a Clayton man found dead in Magnolia last autumn was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma.
Jonathan A. "Jon" Grioli was found lying alongside Autumn Moon Lane near Walnut Shade Road in Magnolia Nov. 3, Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Office of the Medical Examiner performed an autopsy shortly after Grioli's body was turned over and determined that the 25-year-old man had died of blunt force trauma, Fournier said. But it was unclear if the trauma had been caused by a blunt object or from being hit by a car, among other things, he said.
Grioli was employed at The Green Stinger Sports Bar & Grill in Woodside. He was born to Jay Windsor and Tina Grioli in Dover on Oct. 11, 1987.
With another piece of the puzzle in place, the investigation into Grioli's suspicious death had officially become a murder investigation, Fournier said Friday.
"The investigation is on-going and we are looking for any witnesses to come forward with information," he said.
The news was something Grioli's family and friends had been waiting to hear for some time, including friends who organized a benefit for Grioli back on Nov. 16.
"It's hard to accept that someone who was always just a phone call away is just gone," said Mike Calloway, who ran into Grioli frequently at The Green Stinger.
Anyone who has any information in reference to this murder investigation is asked to contact Delaware State Police asks Sgt. David Weaver at (302) 741-2801, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Information may also be provided at www.tipsubmit.com.