Police have canceled the gold alert for 31-year-old Tara M. Pannell.

UPDATE: Delaware State Police has canceled the gold alert issued for 31-year-old Tara M. Pannell. Pannell has been located in good condition.


Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Richard D. Stratton, of Milford, who is wanted on kidnapping charges.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, May 15, around 1:20 p.m., when troopers responded to a residence in the 8000 block of Clendaniel Pond Road in Lincoln. Police arrived to investigate a domestic incident, but it was discovered that those involved had left the scene.

According to police, Stratton had arrived at the residence armed with a handgun and pointed it at several people. He then forced his girlfriend, 31-year-old Tara M. Pannell, into a gold or tan car at gunpoint before getting in himself, as a passenger. An unknown driver then fled the scene.

Tara M. Pannell has yet to be located. A gold alert has been issued in an attempt to locate her.

Troopers have also been unable to locate Stratton, who has warrants for first-degree kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, four counts of aggravated menacing, second-degree conspiracy and breach of release.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Richard Stratton or Tara Pannell is asked to contact Troop 4 Major Crimes Unit at 302-856-5850. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.