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Husband Finds Wife Murdered

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DURHAM — A Durham woman was strangled in her homeSaturday morning, and her body was discovered by her husband. Securityguard Craig K. Wortham had just completed a night shift at his job, andentered his home about 8 a.m. Saturday.

He found Willa Regina Conrad Wortham, 41, dead inside their DeMilleStreet house. An autopsy was conducted late Saturday.

Wortham drove to a nearby phone to call police; the house's phone wasnot operating properly.

Police said it looked as if the house had been broken into, and Mrs.Wortham's clothing had been disarranged, looking as if she may havestruggled with her assailant.

After being questioned by police, Wortham left with family members tostay at his mother's home out of town.

Neighbors described the couple as hardworking, nice people. Theyhave a college-age daughter.

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