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Durham police search for leads in unsolved slaying

Posted December 30, 2008
Updated March 9, 2009

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— A Durham community helped police search Tuesday for leads in a unsolved murder.

James Spain said he found his son, Trevor Spain, 41, face down in a pool of blood in the family's basement around 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26. Trevor Spain lived in the basement of his father's house at 1301 Shepherd St.

Volunteers, police canvas Durham neighborhood Volunteers, police canvas Durham neighborhood

Police have yet to name a suspect in his death. Tuesday evening, the Project Safe Neighborhoods unit brought together volunteers and officers to canvass the area. They handed out fliers and knocked on doors, asking for information that could help police make an arrest.

"The slightest little thing could be relevant to a case,” said Lt. Kevin Cates.

The person responsible should "come forward, so that the family can move forward, (and) move on,” said Terence O'Neal, the victim's cousin.

Family members said there was no sign of forced entry at the home, but several items were taken, including two TVs, cash and a DVD player.

"It is unsettling, obviously, because we don't know what happened,” neighbor Donna Lisker said.

Officers said Trevor Spain's official cause of death should be released later this week.

Funeral services for Trevor Spain are scheduled on Friday. Burial will take place at Markham Memorial Gardens in Durham.

Anyone with information is asked to call Inv. Cpl. N. M. Cloninger at 919-560-4440 ext. 245, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • bowlingbrat1203 Dec 31, 2008

    NCcarguy - I couldn't agree more! Why don't they check their probation/parole records and see who hasn't been checking in! I bet they'll find the loser or losers who did this! I'll be praying for the family. It's a shame the community lost such a good person.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Dec 31, 2008

    here's a clue......I'll bet it's someone that ALREADY has a violent crime record!!!

  • americangirl Dec 31, 2008

    Sounds like a good man, hope they find the person who murdered him.