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Warrant: Man found dead in Durham was reported missing

Posted January 22, 2015

Charles Ellis Hinnant (Courtesy of Frances Hinnant)
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— A man found dead inside a Durham townhome Monday morning had been reported missing a day earlier, according to a search warrant affidavit filed Thursday.

Durham police investigators say in the document that Charles Ellis Hinnant's mother went to his home, at 3082-D Colony Road on Sunday, when his roommate, Brian Davis, told her that he was not home.

The next day when she returned to the apartment, the roommate and Hinnant's 2001 Toyota Corolla "were missing," and there were no signs of forced entry, the warrant states.

The mother, Frances Hinnant, called police, who found her son, 63, dead in the kitchen.

The search warrant says he appeared to have "some sort of wound to his head" and that there appeared to be blood stains elsewhere in the home.

Durham police are investigating Hinnant's death as a homicide, but they have neither named any suspects in the case nor provided any other details about the case.

"Investigators aren't releasing additional details at this time because they do not want to jeopardize the investigation," police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said in an email.

Anyone with information can call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension, 29322, or Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Frances Hinnant said her son was a land surveyor and professional bassoonist who graduated from The Julliard School.

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  • monami Jan 25, 2015

    Did they find the roommate Brian Davis?

  • stymieindurham Jan 23, 2015

    The search warrant says he appeared to have "some sort of wound to his head" and that there appeared to be blood stains elsewhere in the home.
    Durham police are investigating Hinnant's death as a homicide, but they have neither named any suspects in the case nor provided any other details about the case.
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    Sounds like the retired Durham fireman's death (Donnie Watson) . . . . .NEVER SOLVED.

  • LetsBeFair Jan 23, 2015

    sounds like he had a date with the boogieman.

  • Dnut Jan 22, 2015

    liskm Jan 22, 5:32 p.m.
    Criminal Minds could save a bundle of $ just filming in Durham alone!
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    Criminal Minds could save a bundle of $ just filming in Durham alone!
    — Posted by liskm
    Nice one...feel better about yourself?
    — Posted by Commentor113 Nice one...feel better about yourself? — Posted by Commentor113 I feel for all that lose their lives in Durham (or wherever). Quite working near there in part for concerns for safety~and YES, I feel better about that.>>>That was funny...but remember the Faulkners, (elderly couple), lived in rural Granville county..murder happens everywhere.....I grew up in Durham, but after the Marine Corps, there was no way, I was going back to that excessive tax and crazy political correct city....and I grew up in EAST DURHAM...yep, one of the few white guys that can say he could walk through OLD few gardens and live to tell about it, HA!

  • liskm Jan 22, 2015

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    I feel for all that lose their lives in Durham (or wherever). Quite working near there in part for concerns for safety~and YES, I feel better about that.

  • Ryan Gray Jan 22, 2015
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    Nice one...feel better about yourself?

  • Naysayer Jan 22, 2015

    Gee, I wonder who did it?

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jan 22, 2015
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    sounds like the roommate did it

  • Claytonmomof2 Jan 22, 2015

    Feel sorry for the mom. She knew something odd was doing on, and I can't imagine what she's been going through since. Hope they find that roommate!!

  • Ginger Lynn Jan 22, 2015
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    Yea because roommate murders happen every day in Durham.

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