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Police search home in Durham homicide

Posted March 29, 2010

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— Police seized a knife and bullets from the Durham home where two people were found dead on Feb. 7, according to a search warrant obtained Monday.

Officers found the bodies of Martin Martinez, 42, and Toni Fowler, 46, inside their 111 Lynn Road home after a concerned relative asked police to check on the home. The relative told police that cars were parked outside the house, but no one answered the door.

No cause of death has been released, but investigators labeled the deaths homicides. Police said the slayings were not random.

Police also seized a bat with hair on it in the living room and a sword from the basement. A CD case and notebook paper were also taken from a child's bed in the basement.

Mail addressed to Carol C. Sanchez was also taken from the basement.

Money, including some foreign bills, was found in a locked box, according to the search warrant.

Police also executed a search warrant on a turquoise 1994 Chevy Caviler found at the rear of the home. Investigators swabbed various location on the vehicle, which belonged to an occupant of the home. It is unclear which occupant owned the vehicle.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29322, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

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  • lilreg Mar 29, 2010

    Tarheelblue919 - "The crime in Durham is just pathetic." Tell me,what over city of like proportion and demographics have you compared Durham to, in order to make that conclusion? I live in Durham and I've been to a lot worse places.

  • commandokidd Mar 29, 2010

    I been in Durham since 1976 and it really isnt as bad as it use to be. But hey, crime is everywhere. Most of them arent reported on the news.

  • eddielee Mar 29, 2010

    "I hope I'm not the only man who mows his yard with a sidearm in Durham!"Caveman93

    I do that also,and I live in Creedmoor......

  • Caveman93 Mar 29, 2010

    I hope I'm not the only man who mows his yard with a sidearm in Durham!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Mar 29, 2010

    "No cause of death has been released,..."

    "Police also seized a bat with hair on it in the living room and a sword from the basement."

    I think we get the picture.

  • froggytroat Mar 29, 2010

    Oh good grief, it's not that bad (and yes, I lived there for 4 years).

  • tarheelblue919 Mar 29, 2010

    i have thought for a looong time durham needs the national guard or the army to come in and get things straight....the crime in durham is just pathetic!!!