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Commercial developer Zimmerman found dead in his home

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Commercial developer Zimmerman found dead in his home
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An autopsy is scheduled after the body of a Dover developer was discovered in his home.

Foul play is not suspected.

The Delaware State Police are currently conducting a death investigation after the body of a 57-year-old Michael A. Zimmerman was discovered in his home in the Windswept area near Dover.

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At about 8:40 a.m. on Friday,  the brother of Zimmerman went to his residence at 1895 Windswept Circle for his daily visit. Once inside, Zimmerman was found on the dining room floor. The brother immediately contacted 9-1-1. He was declared dead at the scene.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science was contacted and removed Michael Zimmerman to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death, troopers reported.

Zimmerman developed a number of smaller shopping centers and other projects in central Delaware and at one time was one of the active developers in Kent County, with close ties to many in the government, business and legal communities in central Delaware.

Zimmerman was in the news in recent years, due to an investigation into Wilmington Trust loans made to his companies and for a conviction for an illegal campaign contribution to Gov. Jack Markell.

The loans were part of a massive writedown of bad real estate loans in Kent and Sussex counties that led to the sale of the company to M&T. The FBI reported Wilmington Trust incurred a loss of $26 million when it sold $37 million in loans  owed by  Zimmerman.

An investigation into Wilmington Trust is ongoing, with loan officers and executives charged in various cases.

The News Journal reported Zimmerman was facing trial on the federal bank fraud charges. An associate of Zimmerman pleaded  guilty to charges in 2013.

In a story in the Delaware State News, friends and associates took note of his contributions to the health of the Kent County economy.

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