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Police shine spotlight on unsolved murder of elderly Durham man

Posted February 18, 2020 4:14 p.m. EST

— Police on Tuesday asked for the public's help to solve a 15-year-old murder case in Durham.

Bonnie Daye, 81, was found dead in his Buxton Street home on June 15, 2005. Police said his grandchildren found his body wrapped in a blanket on the floor of a bedroom.

Daye, who was last seen alive the previous night, had been strangled with a belt, police said. His 2002 Cadillac Deville was missing and was later found abandoned about a mile away, on Atlantic Street near Mutual Drive.

Neighbors said he was like a grandfather to many people – often driving them to work and offering to help in any way he could.

Homicide investigator David Cramer said Tuesday that there were no signs of forced entry, and other than Daye's car, no items were reported missing from the home.

Police have followed a number of leads in the case, but no one has ever been charged in Daye's death. Cramer said any bit of information could help them crack the case.

"We’re still trying to get any information possible that can help develop either additional suspects or additional leads," he said. "Anybody that was acquainted with Mr. Daye around the time of the homicide, anyone that knew him or had personal knowledge of his activities, anything like that that might beneficial to solving this. We ask, as small as it may be, to reach out and let us know."

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