Body found near Eno River

Also in Durham, two men are found fatally shot Sunday night

Staff WriterNovember 4, 2008 

— In less than 24 hours, investigators fanned out across Durham to probe three deaths, at least two of which were classified as homicides.

Two men were found fatally shot in East Durham late Sunday night, but preliminary investigations had not determined whether the shootings were related. Police said Monday they had no leads in the cases.

Meanwhile, the State Bureau of Investigation and Eno River State Park police were combing the Eno riverbank on Monday afternoon for clues after a body was discovered near the Guess Road bridge.

Few details about the incident were available late Monday afternoon.

The Eno River flows 33 miles from northwest Orange County into Durham. The state parklands surrounding the waterway offer secluded wilderness trails that wind past historic mill sites, river bluffs and fords used by early settlers.

The body was discovered in a thicket of growth miles away from the violence Sunday night.

Henry Jamal May, 30, of Old Well Street, was found fatally shot near a Quincy Street home shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Emergency dispatchers received a call at 9:24 p.m. about "shots fired" in the area of Quincy and Gary streets. Officers searching the area found May on the ground near a porch at 2319 Quincy St.

May was transported to Duke Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

About the same time, Officer A.T. Hall was on his way to investigate a hit-and-run accident when a man flagged him down at the intersection of Dowd and Elizabeth streets.

The officer found a wounded man on the curb in front of a home at 418 Dowd St. The man, identified today as Ernesto Allen, 27, of Gray Avenue, was taken to Duke Hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

Police spent much of Monday looking for leads in the cases. No arrests had been made as of this morning, police said.

Investigators ask that anyone with information on the Quincy Street homicide call 560-4440, ext. 244, or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200.

Anyone with details on the Dowd Street homicide should call 560-4440, ext. 247, or CrimeStoppers.

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