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Girlfriend charged after Raleigh man found in freezer

Posted October 7, 2010
Updated October 8, 2010

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— The live-in girlfriend of a missing Wake County man was arrested Thursday, investigators said, a day after sheriff's deputies found his body in a freezer at their home.

Wendy Edmond Green, 41, who has addresses listed at 8617 Ray Road in Raleigh and 11679 N.C. Highway 72 in Lumberton, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of David Reuben Green Jr., 52.

She was being held in the Wake County jail Thursday without bond.

More arrests are possible as the investigation continues, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

Harrison said investigators believe that David Green died at his home in April and that a preliminary autopsy found he suffered severe trauma to the head.

Neighbors said Wednesday that they had not seen David Green since April and that "No Trespassing" signs had been placed on the property recently.

Harrison said David Green’s brother reported him missing Sept. 1 and that investigators looking into the disappearance walked through the home with family members on Sept. 7.

“The first time, it was a missing persons case, and there was no reason to do a thorough search,” Harrison said.

Information family members gave investigators at the time, he said, indicated to authorities they needed to look for him somewhere else.

“As the investigation continued, things just didn’t add up,” Harrison said.

They returned Wednesday for a more extensive search and were there for about two hours when they discovered a foul odor when they opened the freezer.

David Reuben Green Jr. Wake sheriff: Man's body found in freezer

Harrison said Wendy Green and David Green never married but that they did have two children, a daughter, Alexis Green, 17, and a son, David Ruben Green III, 15.

Investigators questioned Alexis Green, who has been in the Wake County jail since Sept. 16 on failure to appear and contempt of court charges stemming from a July arrest on burglary charges.

They also want to interview the couple’s son but haven’t been able to find him. They are asking anyone with information about where he might be to contact the sheriff’s office.

“We’re talking to everybody we can – the family, everybody else who we think may know something about this case,” Harrison said.

Neighbors said Wednesday that they had not seen David Green since April and that "No Trespassing" signs had been placed on the property recently.

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  • BubbaDukeforPresident Oct 8, 11:08 a.m.

    Wonder why the family and neighbors didn't miss him earlier. Mybe he wasn't a well-liked man....Makes one wonder whether someone will miss us when we're gone - or celebrate.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Oct 8, 8:49 a.m.

    I hope that the 15 yr old isnt dead too!

  • gmuny33 Oct 8, 8:47 a.m.

    Wow, Wake Co., Raleigh, Garner is just really going downhill. Crime there is so bad, that I don't feel safe there anymore. I'd feel much better in Durham, and we don't bash you all, like the people and city of Durham has been so stereotyped.

  • tcndc2 Oct 8, 8:44 a.m.

    no amber alert for the 15 year old says one thing- he's not a victim.

  • 1 awesome Dad Oct 8, 8:20 a.m.

    So is there a 15 yr old adolescent roaming society that no one knows his whereabouts? Is there a 15 yr old adolescent who for all we know is a murderer or an accomplice just hanging out waiting to see who his next victim is? If this young man is innocent of everything then where is this adolescent that no one has a clue as to his whereabouts he certainly is not getting the education he desperately needs to make himself available to the job market when he gets older. So this mother not only needs to have to answer these charges but also about the plight of this young man who never asked to be brought in this world under these difficult circumstances as this. Let this woman swing or whatever they do these days.

  • 1 awesome Dad Oct 8, 8:15 a.m.

    So the boyfriend gets whacked and the son disappears. It sounds like Momma is taking the fall. Where did our family values go? Where did the respect for each other that was shown a few years ago disappear too? Folks this foolishness needs to stop and the punishment must meet the crime. Who is to say that a nice quiet retirement with the DOC is probably an improvement to this woman's life. Here's to praying for our safe return to standards and morals that we all once used to possess.

  • susraz Oct 7, 7:55 p.m.

    all these comments with no mention that the fifteen year old is missing, that's sad.

  • liskm Oct 7, 7:46 p.m.

    Well maybe this will be a lesson to do a THOROUGH search from the git go.

  • Retired07 Oct 7, 7:42 p.m.

    Wow what a crowd? Great gene pool!

  • sophiemom Oct 7, 7:07 p.m.

    alwayz2, that is funny, even though this story isn't.

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