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Police Offer Look Inside Raleigh Murder Victim's Apartment

Posted July 25, 2002

— Raleigh police have offered a different look at a crime that has captivated the Triangle -- the Stephanie Bennett murder. The view comes from inside the victim's apartment.

Raleigh police said the 23-year-old was sexually assaulted and strangled on May 20.

Bennett lived in a ground-floor apartment at the Bridgeport Apartments near Lake Lynn.

Even empty, Bennett's old apartment retains signs of normalcy: Restaurant menus, eye drops and an empty bottle of wine left behind in the kitchen. However, that is where the line is drawn.

Fingerprint powder is visible all over doors, doorknobs, windows, and the hallway; sections of carpet have been cut out for analysis.

Investigators said Bennett was attacked and killed in her bedroom. They believe the attacker never went into any other rooms in the apartment.

"We have good reason to believe that she went to bed as usual down the end of the hall here in her bedroom," said Capt. Chris Morgan of the Raleigh Police Department.

Investigators continue to track leads, but said there are currently no suspects in the case.

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