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Body found in Crabtree Creek

Posted July 23, 2008 3:48 p.m. EDT
Updated July 23, 2008 9:38 p.m. EDT

— Police were investigating the Wednesday afternoon discovery of a body in Crabtree Creek near Crabtree Valley Mall.

A passerby called police at about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday to report something in the water near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Lead Mine Road.

Police recovered the body of an unidentified Hispanic man and sent the remains to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill for an autopsy to determine a cause of death and the man's identity.

Police were handling the case as a homicide, pending the collection and review of available facts and evidence, said Jim Sughrue, a spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department.

The man was wearing a belt buckle with a “Z” design on it; dark-colored pants with a small logo between the belt loops and the right rear pocket; and white Air Jordan’s shoes with green trim.

To preserve the scene near where the body was found, police closed the Capital Area Greenway between Glenwood Avenue and Northbrook Drive for a short time.

Anyone who might be able to assist with the man's identification or who has information about the case is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-890-3555.