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Raleigh Police Find Dead Body In Duffel Bag

Posted February 4, 2004 4:58 a.m. EST

— The Raleigh Police Department is investigating the circumstances involving a body found Tuesday morning inside an apartment on Hylton Drive.

A resident of an apartment in the complex called police after detecting an odor from a room that had been sublet.

Inside, officers found the victim in a closet, in a large duffel bag sealed with duct tape. Police said it appeared the victim had been dead for several weeks.

The Medical Examiner's preliminary findings are that the death was a homicide and that the victim died of asphyxiation.

The victim has been tentatively identified as a 23-year-old Hispanic male. No next-of-kin notification has been made.