Insurance claims adjusters discovered human body on South Durham store’s roof

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comOctober 18, 2013 

— An insurance company adjuster who was checking a claim made by the owners of a recently closed convenience store found a human body stuffed in a vent on the business’s roof, according to a copy of a 911 recording made public Friday.

Police have not yet identified the remains discovered late Wednesday morning by two insurance claims adjusters who had clambered onto the roof of the Town & Country convenience store at 3700 Fayetteville St. in South Durham.

“There appears to be part of a dead body up here,” one of the claims adjusters told a 911 dispatcher. “I’m going to get down off the roof. I’m not 100 percent sure it’s a dead body, but there’s part of a dead body up here.”

The dispatcher asked the 911 caller if he was sure it was a human body.

The caller – who had already climbed from the roof before dialing 911 – told the dispatcher that all he and his co-worker could see were “legs, feet and socks.

“It appears to be a human body, but it looks old and dilapidated,” he said. “You can see legs and socks sticking out.”

The dispatcher asked the workers whether they were any immediate danger and told them they did not have to stay on the roof until the police arrived.

Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael on Friday said along with trying to identity the victim, investigators are working to determine how long the body had been in the roof before it was discovered this week.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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