Arrest in connection with body found on Delaware playground

 Police discovered Jamie Murphy's body on the slide at Canby Park. Her boyfriend, Gary Perkins, is now charged in her death. (John Jankowski/for NewsWorks)

Police discovered Jamie Murphy's body on the slide at Canby Park. Her boyfriend, Gary Perkins, is now charged in her death. (John Jankowski/for NewsWorks)

Wilmington Police charged a man with murder following the discovery of his girlfriend’s body on playground equipment in a city park.

The body of 29-year-old Jamie Murphy was found on a slide at Canby Park in Wilmington around 10:30 Thursday morning. Within hours, her boyfriend, 34-year-old Gary Perkins was determined a suspect. Police say the couple had previous violent encounters.

Perkins was located in the area of 10th and King St. in downtown Wilmington around 5:30 Thursday afternoon. He was arrested without incident. 

Perkins has been charged with first degree murder.

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