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Person of Interest Sought in Killing of Elderly Durham Man

Posted November 9, 2007

— The Durham Sheriff's Office announced on Friday that it is searching for a person of interest in the killing of an 89-year-old man in the Bragtown area.

Family members of Charles Forest Davis found him dead on the floor of his 2913 Nellowood St. home on Sept. 26. Davis had been stabbed to death. Investigators said his home had been "ransacked," but stopped short of saying robbery was the motive.

The photograph of the person of interest released Friday is the only lead deputies have, Durham County Sheriff Worth Hill said. Investigators are interested in speaking to the male in the picture, but have not called him a suspect.

Earlier, detectives said they believed Davis' death might be connected to a series of break-ins in the Bragtown neighborhood. In 10 days surrounding the killing, police investigated at least eight break-ins in the area.

The day after the killing, a deputy spotted Davis' stolen car and gave chase. A person of interest jumped from the car and managed to escape. Investigators said in a search warrant that blood stains on and inside the Buick Century indicated a transfer of evidence from Davis' home to the car and to the occupants of the car.

On Sept. 28, investigators searched the house of a person of interest and seized a pair of jeans, but the search produced no arrests.

Davis served as a deacon at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, of which he had been a member for more than 50 years.

Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of this man is asked to contact Detective Kelly with the Durham County Sheriff's Office at  919-560-0896 or 919-730-2421.


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  • gopanthers Nov 9, 2007

    Never makes any since to me how anyone can resort to killing someone "anytime" at "any age" for "any reason". Especailly when it comes to a child or an Elderly person (as in this case) it just makes me sick to my stomach. Nothing but cowards to go after one that is so defenceless.

  • Tax Man Nov 9, 2007

    So the police have a picture of this guy in jail house orange in a shot taken at a jail and they do not know who he is? Where did they get the picture? How about using their computer to match it? Were there any fingerprints at the scene? If so this guy clearly has been fingerprinted before and should be a match.

  • Groovy Nov 9, 2007

    Way to go, they're going to let him get away.

  • BUCKEYEnNC Nov 9, 2007

    Gandalf is right! Why do we tolerate people who simply has no concern or value for human life.

    What kind of person kills a Sr. Citizen in his own home like this?

    There is no reasonable explanation for this. You can't justify these actions with terrible childhood experiences.

    What a shame!

  • Nancy Nov 9, 2007

    Okay, I don't understand. This "person of interested, unnamed mind you, has had his house searched and the photo with this story is a police photo, they obviously know the name.

    What am I missing??

  • Gandalf The White Nov 9, 2007

    For them to post his picture he is of more then just interest. Although he may not be the 1 who murdered the elderly man he knows who did. Hopefully he will be brought to justice quickly. This is just another example of how much certain aspects of society are spiraling out of control and some individuals have no regard whatsoever for their fellow man.

  • Nov 9, 2007

    If this person of interest is indeed the killer, I hope he gets the death penalty for killing such a great man for nothing.

  • blackdog Nov 9, 2007

    ...keep the photo up...