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Body found in creek identified

Posted July 24, 2008

— Police on Thursday identified the body found in Crabtree Creek as Homero Suluga-Patricio, 26, of Raleigh. They have determined that he is a victim of homicide.

On Wednesday, a passerby called police at about 12:15 p.m. to report something in the water near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Lead Mine Road, near Crabtree Valley Mall. The Capital Area Greenway between Glenwood Avenue and Northbrook Drive was closed for part of the day Thursday as police investigated the scene.

Suluga-Patricio is a Hispanic man in his 20s or 30s. His body was sent to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-890-3555.


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  • mmania Jul 25, 2008

    I've solved the crime.

    He was drinking with some buddies and they got into a fight and rest was history. That's how it'll play out.

  • Duke _Nukem Jul 25, 2008

    Boy we have some real Detectives here. A serial killer? This crime linked to the Cary murder? Are u kidding me? Raleigh has had several murders this year people. These murders are not linked. A white female from Cary and A Hispanic male from under the brige in Raleigh make a serial killer. No wonder the police have an uphill battle against fighting crime. All the crime fighters and monday morning quarterbacks are here posting. Like I say, RPD is hiring. So them how it's done.

  • 1pt619 Jul 25, 2008

    A little enlightenment to help with your speculations...

    That particular part of the greenway system runs behind apartments which are home to many Latino/Hispanic families. It wouldn't surprise me if the victim lived nearby.

    The trail also winds underneath three bridges near the crime scene, an access road, Glenwood Ave. and Blue Ridge Road. I've seen homeless people taking shelter there. I ride my bike through there regularly. Perhaps the victim was homeless?

    Our greenways are something to be proud of. I think they are generally safe and very enjoyable. Lots of people do use them frequently despite other user comments. I don't think there is any need to carry firearms. Just use common sense as you should anywhere. Ladies shouldn't exercise alone, don't wear headphones if you do. There is little to no light on those trails after sundown and the city has signs up discouraging their use at night.

  • StraightNifonged Jul 25, 2008

    was he 26 or in his 20's or 30's?

  • iamforjustice Jul 24, 2008

    I hope they find the killer. It might be one of you GOLO'ers. Some of you are very cold hearted and hateful towards the life of human beings.

  • denverbob234 Jul 24, 2008

    I really don't think that was his name. According to INS Homero Suluga-Patricio never entered the country. If he is not in the country, how could it be him. I think, he may have been an illegal immigrant using Homero Suluga-Patricio's name. At any rate, since he is not here, they did not retreive a body from Crabtree creek today, him being there was a figment of all of your imagination, just lie all the illegals we see.

  • roadtrash Jul 24, 2008

    ifcdirector...You have some extreme disdain toward law enforcement. Always throwin' the doughnut card at us. I'm thinking that you are one of spurned candidates found unqualified to do the job whose self-appointed mission is now to spew vile and nasty remarks toward the men and women you secretly wish you served with. If I'm wrong, then you are simply a jerk. I feel better now (just had a Krispy Kreme)....

  • Harrison Bergeron Jul 24, 2008

    "You people get so worked up over nothing. The crime rate here is getting worse, but that's because the city's getting bigger and experiencing real big city problems..." -asbrown

    Big city problems like minority perpetrated gang crime?

    I'm wondering if the greenways are going to become an MS-13 dumping ground?

  • AmandaB2kids Jul 24, 2008

    I don't have a dog in the fight in that I don't live in Wake county....but....if that greenway is such a busy area, how did someone get shot there...or even a dead body get dropped there and no one noticed? Just a thought.....

  • imback Jul 24, 2008

    More racism dripping from asbrown I see.

    So, we get worked up over nothing? Then accuse everyone of not caring because he wasnt white? You have serious issues.