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Investigators Optimistic About Arrest in Bragtown Slaying

Posted September 28, 2007

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— Durham investigators continued pursuing leads and questioned one person Friday in the death of an 89-year-old Bragtown man and said they feel good about the prospects for making an arrest in the case.

Family members of Charles Forest Davis, 89, found him dead on the floor of his house at 2913 Nellowood St. Wednesday evening.

He had been stabbed several times, authorities said, and family members said it appeared he had been killed during a robbery.

"We are still remaining very optimistic about the case," Durham County Sheriff Worth Hill said in a news release issued late Friday afternoon.

Detectives put up a road block near the scene of the crime and spoke with several neighbors Thursday in their search for two men seen jumping from a car that matched the description of Davis' missing 1993 white Buick Century.

Investigators said they have fielded numerous calls with tips and planned to work through the weekend in hope of making an arrest.

"You definitely want to get to the bottom quickly, and with the leads we're following, there's a good reason for optimism," Lt. Stan Harris, with the sheriff's office, said. "We're just trying to close in on some things."