Police seek clues in slaying

Staff WriterNovember 6, 2006 

More than a day after deputies declared that the young Wake County woman found dead Friday had been murdered, detectives still are looking for clues to help nab her killer.

Michelle Marie Young, 29, was found dead in her Birchleaf Drive home south of Raleigh by her sister Friday afternoon. Phyllis Stephens, spokeswoman for Wake County Sheriff's Department, said a preliminary medical examiner's report shows Young died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Her 2-year-old daughter was in the home but found unharmed. Young and her husband, Jason, were expecting their second child, police and neighbors said.

Stephens said Jason Young was out of town on business and then visiting his mother in Brevard, in southwestern North Carolina, when his wife's body was found.

The Youngs' daughter is staying with family members.

Sheriff's Department officials said the crime does not appear to be a random act of violence.

Michelle Young, a 1999 graduate of N.C. State University, worked as senior financial specialist in the tax department at Progress Energy.

Young's family members reached Sunday declined to comment on her death, saying only that they were still in shock.

Stephens urged anyone who noticed any vehicle on the roads around Young's home between 1 and 5 a.m. Friday to call the Wake County Sheriff's Office at 856-6800.

Staff writer Mandy Locke can be reached at 829-8927 or mlocke@newsobserver.com.

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