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Autopsy: Durham priest was strangled

Posted November 19, 2014

Kent Torrey Hinkson

— An Anglican priest from Durham who was found dead in a state park in Orange County this summer was strangled, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday by the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The report on the examination of Kent Torrey Hinkson's body also found that blunt force trauma to the head might have also contributed to the 71-year-old's death. It also noted he suffered blunt force trauma to the chest.

Investigators found Hinkson's body Aug. 9 in Eno River State Park, less than a week after his family reported him missing.

Matthew John Reed, 36, of Raleigh, faces a charge of murder in the case.

Investigators haven't commented on a motive for the crime, but search warrants indicate Reed admitted to killing Hinkson during a meeting on Aug. 4 when Reed tried to blackmail him.

Reed led police to Hinkson's body, which had a belt around the neck, according to court documents.

He is being held without bond in the Orange County Detention Center.


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  • Setnitst8 Nov 20, 2014

    This is not new new. What would be news is why they were together? How they new each other?

    Until that time, nothing with this story will be new news!

  • USMC Vet Nov 19, 2014

    So many rumors flying about since day one on this, when no one knows what, if anything, was going on between these two. Perhaps the priest had been trying to help Reed - and that is all. Wouldn't be the first time someone took a viper to their heart and ended up getting killed by it.

    Prayers for those who loved the priest. Prayers too justice is swift and harsh, with no kid gloves for his killer.

  • Nan Toppin Nov 19, 2014
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    this is such a sad story. This man just got caught up with a bad person and it cost him his life. I hope this individual is imprisoned for the rest of his life.