Police said that a man arrived at Growing Motors at
4416 North Roxboro Road
Friday morning around 9:30.
When he arrived he found 77-year-old James Morris, of Mebane, inside an office at the business.
Police said that Morris was last seen alive at his business around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
"Right now it's still preliminary," said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael. "Part of the investigation is trying to determine motive, cause of death and everything. It is definitely a homicide."
According to the car lot sign, Growing Motors has been in business at this location since 1983, selling late model used cars and small utility buildings.
Police are looking for a white, 2-door 1990 Oldsmobile Toronado with burgundy leather interior and possible dealer plates that may may have one of the following North Carolina license plates on it:
ID016052, ID016054 or ID016055
. The car is missing from the business, police said.