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More Body Parts Found in Durham

Posted November 12, 1996

— In their continuing investigation of a decomposed, severed corpse found in an East Umstead Street drainage ditch, Durham police located the body's head Monday around noon. The major portion of the body had been spotted Sunday by a passerby.

Police are trying to determine identity. Two driver's licenses were found in a wallet with the body, but one is for a man currently in prison. The other ID is from out of state, and detectives are trying to find that person.

The body has been taken to the medical examiner's office in Chapel Hill. Tests are underway to determine if it was a homicide, drug overdose or from natural causes. If the death was violent, police might know quickly what happened. But if toxicological tests are needed, that will take longer.

No missing person reports match preliminary descriptions of the man.

The extensive deterioration of the body indicates death might have occurred four to eight weeks ago. His body could have been swept into the city sewer system from as far away as Interstate 40 or Angier Avenue.dd

Police have interviewed nearby residents, but none reported seeing or hearing anything amiss. No one knows how long the body might have been in the culvert.


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