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Family had been searching for slain Raleigh man

Posted October 28, 2010

— Family members of a Raleigh man who might have been dead inside his home for nearly two years say they had been searching long before investigators found his body this month.

A Wake County sheriff’s investigator looking into the disappearance of David Ruben Green Jr., 52, discovered his decapitated body Oct. 6 in a freezer in the basement of his Ray Road home.

According to search warrants, investigators estimate Green might have been dead since January 2009.

“We are devastated by David Jr.'s death and could have never imagined the bewildering set of circumstances surrounding his murder,” his brother, Avery Green, said in a statement Thursday.

He reported his brother missing to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 1.

“Our attempts to locate David Jr. started well before filing a missing persons report,” Avery Green said. “It has been a long and arduous journey that ended with the authorities discovering his remains in his home.”

Search warrants indicate he suffered severe injuries from several weapons and cutting instruments. Sources, speaking to WRAL News on the condition they not be revealed, said Green’s decapitated head was found with the body and that it had likely been cut off so that the body would fit inside the freezer.

A preliminary autopsy report found David Green’s cause of death to be severe head trauma.

His longtime girlfriend and mother of his two children, Wendy Edmond Green, 41, faces charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Their two children, David Ruben Green III, 15, and Alexis Green, 17, face the same charges.

Investigators haven’t offered a motive in the killing.

“David Jr. was a wonderful, loving son, brother, cousin and friend to all that knew him. His memory deserves dignity and respect,” Avery Green said. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of David Jr. at the hands of those he loved most.”


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  • ConcernedNCC Oct 29, 2010

    The people in the house will probably say, "We never go in that freezer! Someone else musta done it!"

  • Chole Oct 29, 2010

    This is sad!!

  • keneds Oct 28, 2010

    I hope if I ever go missing my family does not wait that long to report it

  • imdicktrickle Oct 28, 2010

    Very sad, especially since his children were involved.

  • SaltlifeLady Oct 28, 2010

    This is such a bizarre story and don't know why his brother did not contact LEO sooner.

  • SmileAndNod Oct 28, 2010

    No way on Earth she is 41!

  • theresthedoor Oct 28, 2010

    I find it hard to believe that for almost 2 years, a 15- and 17-year-old were able to keep this a secret and didn't tell anyone about what had happened. Anybody know a teenager who can keep a secret? Wondering if more arrests will be made...

  • onoudont Oct 28, 2010

    The tone of the family's statement is strange. "Do not distract LEO; use only the family photo we provide, disregard statements of other family members, we fully expect you to respect our family's privacy." Sounds like the family is trying to control the media coverage. Not going to happen with an event this bizarre. Anyone understands a family's request to respect their privacy while grieving but after that, the media will investigate and people will talk.

  • Buddy1 Oct 28, 2010

    ajmac09 - It would make no sense for every story written about this tragedy to include a complete recap of what has happened. That is why there is a box along the left side of the story called "Related" which has links to all of the previous articles.

  • onoudont Oct 28, 2010

    Six months without talking to any of your siblings is uncommon, unless they are in prison, addicts, or doing porn.