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Body found in duct work of vacant Durham store

Posted October 17, 2013

— A man's body was found early Wednesday in the duct work of a vacant convenience store on Fayetteville Street, Durham police said. 

Authorities worked throughout the morning to remove the body, which was discovered at the now-closed Town and Country convenience store at about 10:30 a.m. The store, in the 3700 block of Fayetteville Street, is across from Hillside High School. 

No information about the man was released, and authorities weren't sure how long the body had been inside the duct.

Durham police said the store had been closed several months.

body found Body discovered in abandoned Durham store

In a recording of the 911 call, witnesses who made the discovery said, "We're not 100 percent it's a dead body." The caller said he was with an insurance company and was on the roof to investigate a copper theft claim when the body was spotted.

"It looks like it's stuffed down into some sort of return for an AC unit or something," the caller said. "You can just see the legs and the socks sticking out – and there is a shoe."

The owner of a neighboring business said he thinks the man may have been trying to break in and got stuck. The business owner, who did not want to be identified, said it's common for people to try to break in through the roof.

The incident has some neighbors saying it's time to renovate the vacant storefront. 

"Put another business there that could generate jobs for the community, or maybe a community center for children," Deborah Crawford said.


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  • Jack Flash Oct 22, 2013

    "That's a bad way to go. I would not wish that on anyone." riddickfield

    Let's exclude criminals from anyone.

    Speak for yourself. Personally, I'm not going to allow someone else's objectionable and/or criminal behavior make me less human and less a Christian.

    It's a shame that place closed. They used to have a pretty good soul food deli counter, iirc. I'm sure they got plenty of business w/ that location, too, right across from Hillside High School and w/ a car wash and an intersection right there.

  • superman Oct 21, 2013

    I suspose that people dont think that thieves would break into a store that was open for business. Why would you break into a store that was empty of merchandise etc.?

  • sweetlyght Oct 18, 2013

    What a slow way to go

  • spunkyisbackagain Oct 18, 2013

    Really? In my last comment, all I said was that even if the man was homeless, B & E was not an option.

    There was something offensive about that?

  • pappy1 Oct 17, 2013

    "Put another business there..." Maybe Mayor Bell will use his personal cash to make that happen. Wow.

  • monami Oct 17, 2013

    Safety first: always use the buddy system when doing a B&E!

  • Billy the Kid Oct 17, 2013

    "That's a bad way to go. I would not wish that on anyone." riddickfield

    Let's exclude criminals from anyone.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Oct 17, 2013

    Strange Story

  • Obamacare is here Oct 17, 2013

    In a perfect world, he had a heart attack inside the duct and it was over in 30 seconds.

  • Riddickfield Oct 17, 2013

    That's a bad way to go. I would not wish that on anyone.