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Young Homicide Case Turns to the Web

Posted February 7, 2007

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— Wake County authorities investigating the beating death of a Wake County mother interviewed a local businessman who wrote on his blog his experience viewing autopsy photos in the case, the blogger says.

The blogger, who identifies himself as "RPD," describes in detail what he saw in each of the 27 photos taken of Michelle Young, 29.

It's been three months since Young's sister found the pregnant mother dead inside her home with her young daughter, unharmed, at her side. Investigators still have not named a suspect in the case.

On the Web, there are thousands of entries and blog posts from people like RPD who are interested in the case. Many bloggers write that they are frustrated that there has been no arrest, despite the fact that investigators have clearly put some focus on the victim's husband, Jason Young.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby says investigators are in no rush to make an arrest but that they are focused on a proper and thorough investigation.

In an era of hour-long television crime dramas, such as CSI, he says, the public needs to understand that it takes more than 44 minutes to solve a case.

"It takes a lot of self-discipline not to just jump at something where there might be probable cause but to get all of the information out and make sure they don't go off half-cocked," Willoughby said.

More and more investigators, in general, are also using the Internet as a tool to help solve cases. Willoughby believes investigators venture into cyberspace, not out of desperation, but because they want to leave no stone unturned.

"I would expect that the investigators look at everything to try to determine what could be a credible lead and follow it," he said.

Although investigators questioned RPD about his blog post, the Wake County Sheriff's Office will not say what role the Internet has played in helping them with the Young case.

As for RPD, sources close to the case say they do not believe he is connected to Young's death. RPD admits that intrigue was his motivation to see the photos, because his neighbor was a friend of Young. He says that despite his screen name, he is not a Raleigh police officer.
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  • narck9 Feb 8, 2007

    Everyone should read RPD's blog on the autopsy. It is disturbing and frightening. I would advise people to read it for one reason. To get mad. To become angry. To be infuriated at what was done to this innocent wife, mother, daughter and human being. The person who did this is an animal. If ever there was a reason to keep the death penalty in North Carolina this is it.

  • ralwood Feb 8, 2007

    Raleigh CSI

  • whydoisurvive Feb 8, 2007

    court tv isn't the only crime forum discussing Michelle's case.
    www.websleuths.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=119

    You're in our hearts Michelle

  • raleighpc Feb 7, 2007

    I'm pretty sure they're talking about courttv.com. Go to the bottom of the screen and click on message boards.

  • mollytocute Feb 7, 2007

    I SURE HOPE THAT THEY FIND OUT WHO DID THIS.
    THIS BABY WILL NEVER KNOW HER MOTHER OR DO ANY OF THE GOOD THINGS THAT MOTHER'S DO WITH THERE KIDS.
    I AM SO SORRY FOR THE LITTLE GIRL.
    MAY GOD WATCH OVER HER!!!!!!!!!!

  • coastlover Feb 7, 2007

    dronion, the url is: http://autopsyphotos.blogspot.com

  • Living and Loving in NC Feb 7, 2007

    May the God of justice bring justice in this case.

  • 2AMANDA2 Feb 7, 2007

    makes you scared to comment!