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Autopsy: Durham woman stabbed repeatedly

Posted April 6, 2010

— A woman whose body was found in a wooded area of eastern Durham in January had been stabbed 36 times, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.

An officer searching the woods for a break-in suspect found the body of Crystal Lynn Baker, 24, of Durham, near Chandler and Ross roads on Jan. 22.

An autopsy found Baker had been stabbed 21 times in the face, eight times in the back, three times in the abdomen and once each in the neck, in each thigh and above the right buttock, according to the autopsy report. She also suffered blunt-force trauma on her head.

Baker was wearing only one sock when her body was found, but there was no evidence of sexual assault, other than lacerations around her genitals, according to the autopsy report.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29335, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • SweetB Apr 7, 2010

    So sorry this happened to you. May you be in peace and able to guide the detectives to the coward who did this to you! R.I.P. Crystal Lynn Baker

  • darlenerivera2000 Apr 7, 2010

    Poor woman, i hope they catch the loser that did this to her.

  • NCStatePack Apr 6, 2010

    I hope she died before most of those stabbing wounds :(

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 6, 2010

    This is obviously first degree murder. No shot of a self-defense verdict. Whoever did this wanted the victim to suffer greatly and wanted to leave no doubt the victim would die.

  • Weaker Pelosi Apr 6, 2010

    That has to be one of the worst ways to go. Stabbing in the face was very brutal and not necessary to kill victim, just shows the ruthlessness of the perp.