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Man's body found in ditch behind Durham home

Posted September 3, 2012
Updated September 4, 2012

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— Durham police launched a suspicious death investigation Monday after the body of 26-year-old Bartley Herren was found behind a home.

Herren's girlfriend, Ryanne Allocca, found the body in a ditch behind 901 Vickers Avenue, next door to the Greystone Inn, she told WRAL News.

Allocca said she left her car with Herren when she went out of town for a few days last week.

"On Monday, I get a phone call saying my car had been in an accident," Allocca said. "I called the police to find out what was going on (and) they said the guy took off running."

She said she doesn't know why Herren ran from the scene of the crash, but it could be because of a medical condition. She did not elaborate.

When she couldn't get in touch with Herren, Allocca said she flew home Thursday and filed a missing person's report with Durham police. Then she spent three days searching a wooded area near the crash site.

"My mom and I have been searching these woods around here and today I just happened to walk, going that way," she said. "I smelled something just walking along, and I asked the man if I could go in his back yard and I walked up on (the body) in the back." Girlfriend finds missing Durham man's body in ditch Girlfriend finds missing Durham man's body in ditch

Although the body was decomposed, Allocca said she recognized her boyfriend.

No other details were released.

Anyone with information is asked to call Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that help solve felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • fatkatts2 Sep 6, 2012

    yes, can't understand why the police were not searching the area...was the thing about a person has to be missing for 24 or so many hours before they are considered a missing person? This is so very very sad. I am so sorry for the family's loss.

  • krazykarrotz Sep 5, 2012

    lET ME REWRITE THIS SO IT GETS POSTED. fOR "EYE" YOU HAVE NO SOUL OR COMPASSION. yoU WILL NEED YOUR SPADE WHERE YOUR GOING SO WE INSIST YOU KEEP IT. MY SON WENT INTO KETOACIDOUSIS, THATS WHAT KILLED HIM. HE DID HAVE HIS DRIVERS LISCENSE. IF THE POLICE HAD DONE THERE JOB THAT NIGHT MY SON WOULD BE IN THE HOSPITAL ALIVE, INSTEAD I HAVE TO BURY HIM BESIDE HIS YOUNGER BROTHER. RYANNE HAS DONE EVERYTHING SHE COULD AND SHOULD BE COMMENDED FOR THAT. MAY NONE OF YOU HAVE TO EVER BURY A CHILD AS I WILL HAVE TO DO THIS WEEKEND.

  • rfd Sep 4, 2012

    To all you haters and rude people, no matter what your opinion of the story is, please keep it to yourself. I hope and pray you will never have to find a dead body that has been decomposing for a week...let alone have it be a loved one. HAVE SOME COMPASSION for my dear friend Ryanne and take your bad day out on someone else!!! Disgraceful and tacky, you should be ashamed of yourselves!

    Very well said cyndistevenson, f407 & bareftndncin! Thank you...

  • cyndistevenson Sep 4, 2012

    @ryanneallocca,

    Please ignore people that have posted rude comments on this story.

    They jump to conclusions and post like the families will never read them.

    My condolences to you for what you have been though.

  • eyeoneastsky Sep 4, 2012

    It is important to call a spade a spade. The important message in this story is this- Where there is a sowing, there is a reaping. We reap more than we sowed and later than we sowed.

  • eyeoneastsky Sep 4, 2012

    Schedule 4 drugs can cause a leap in blood sugar. Schedule 4 drugs can cause paranoia which can cause one to flee the police or flee from their criminal activity. Driving without a license and having a wreck can also cause the guilty one to flee, especially if he thinks he will be locked up. It happens all the time.

  • agoodguy Sep 4, 2012

    Thanks bareftndncin, you expressed my sentiments exactly. For those of you who have never been involved with an episode of diabetic ketoacidosis I can only explain it by saying it mimics someone smoking crack but the person has no concept it has occurred. The diabetic can manage their diabetes perfectly and through no fault of their own an attack can hit them. Any thing that could trigger your Flight or Fight reactions could cause the diabetic to lose blood sugar and enter the ketoacidosis state. Hopefully someone will be around them to help them get some sugar(glucose)in their system before the situation gets too severe.

  • f407 Sep 4, 2012

    i think compassion for those that lost a loved one is all bareftncncin was asking for.. it’s easy to have opinions when you aren’t in or near a situation yourself. Heaven forbid that happen to your loved one. People are morning and some say “good ridens!” You should be ashamed of yourself. No one knows what really happened, but we are to trust the police to do their jobs, and when a missing persons report is ignored, they are ALSO to blame. It’s a messy situation, and compassion for a lost life regardless of how important you may feel it is, is simply humane. Lack of compassion shows lack of intelligence and values.

  • myonlinecommentemail Sep 4, 2012

    Blaming anyone but the suspect is wrong. No one forced him to drive or forced him to run. The problem is that people refuse to take responsibilities for their own actions. Lets just say for the benefit of the argument that he was in medical distress. If he's in a motor vehicle and begins to have a medical issue, he has a duty and responsability to remove himself from a potentially harmful situation. I find it amazing that we are blaming the police for not "chasing" someone or bringing out the dogs or helicopters for someone who fled an accident scene. Is it sad that someone died? To some, yes. Is it right to blame others for the decisions that he made? Absolutely not.

  • bareftndncin Sep 4, 2012

    OMG, 'Obamacare is back again' and 'mememe', so you enjoy making hateful, cruel and sarcastic remarks over people dying tragic deaths when there are obviously people mourning that human being reading your comments? You're truly showing yourselves to be bigoted and ignorant people. Your comments really look like something that should be waived around on a Westboro Baptist Church sign. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

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