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Autopsy: Durham woman bled to death after stabbing

Posted April 14, 2010 12:10 p.m. EDT

— A woman whose body was found inside a Durham home in February bled to death after being stabbed several times, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.

Officers found the bodies of Toni Elaine Fowler, 46, and Martin Martinez, 42, inside their 111 Lynn Road home on Feb. 7 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.

Fowler was stabbed numerous times, including one wound that pierced her left lung, according to the autopsy. The medical examiner noted that many of the stab wounds were shallow and that Fowler likely bled to death.

Police said the slayings were not random, and a search warrant states that officers seized a knife, bullets, a bat with hair on it and a sword from the home.

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.