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Bodies of man, woman found in Durham house

Posted February 8, 2010 7:52 a.m. EST
Updated February 8, 2010 5:04 p.m. EST

— Durham police opened a double homicide investigation Monday after officers doing a welfare check found the bodies of a man and woman in a house on Lynn Road.

Police Chief Jose Lopez said that a relative who hadn't seen the victims for a while called 911 at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday.

In the call, a man says that he went to the house to check on his brother but couldn't get inside. No one answered the door, although two cars were parked outside.

"We don't know what's going on inside," said the caller, who translated for the relative.

"Police officers came in order to do a wellness check ... and they discovered two individuals who were deceased," Lopez said. No one was in the house when the bodies were found.

The identities of the victims were withheld Monday, pending notification of relatives. Friends said the couple was dating.

No cause of death was released, but investigators labeled the deaths homicides.

"We believe it is, but we can't be absolutely sure until the medical examiner checks," Lopez said.

Investigators didn't have a suspect Monday, but Lopez said they don't believe the slayings were a random crime.

"The public needs to know that this does not in anyway appear to be a random act, that we are on top of it, investigating it," Lopez said. "We are hoping the public will come forward and assist us as they have in the past with many other homicides."

Officers blocked off Lynn Road at Holloway Street Monday morning, and the street remained late Monday afternoon. A fender-bender occurred at the intersection shortly after the crime scene tape went up.

Forensics and crime scene investigators have been at the scene since Sunday night. A K-9 search was done overnight, and interpreters helped officers conduct interviews.

Police records indicate that, since November 2006, police were dispatched 14 times to 111 Lynn Road, which is registered to Holmes Oil Co. Five of the incidents involved break-ins, while four were for disturbances.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Investigator Gill at 919-560-4440, ext. 29322, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.