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Man sought for questioning in Raleigh man's death

Posted August 30, 2009 9:36 p.m. EDT
Updated September 3, 2009 4:13 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh police on Sunday released surveillance photographs of a man they believe was with homicide victim Jurgen Dietmar Cheston before his death.

Officers making a welfare check found the body of Cheston, 48, inside his home at 2700 Westhampton Place around 6 p.m. Aug. 21.

The surveillance photographs were taken in downtown Raleigh, said police spokesman Jim Sughrue. He said police want to talk to the man in the photos and are hopeful he may have information that would assist in the case. The man has not been called a suspect.

Authorities have not released a cause of death or said how long they believe Cheston could have been dead.

Officers found Cheston's pickup truck, a dark blue 2001 Ford Ranger, about three miles away in the 3800 block of Brentwood Road, Sughrue said. The license tag had been removed from the truck.

Neighbors said that Cheston, a federal grants manager for the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, lived alone and usually kept to himself. It was not uncommon for them to go without seeing him, they said.

Investigators said Cheston was known to frequent night clubs that cater to a Hispanic clientele, and investigators want to talk with people who knew him in that context.

Anyone with information should call Raleigh police detectives at 919-996-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that help solve crimes.