Authorities in Raleigh and Durham have not yet released the names of three people found dead outdoors over the weekend, nor have they made public a cause of death while awaiting the completion of autopsy reports by the state medical examiner.
But Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue on Tuesday said investigators think “exposure to the elements” was a factor in the deaths of two men found dead Sunday morning in East Raleigh.
Police discovered the two just before 10:30 a.m. Sunday in an undeveloped area near the 1700 block of Corporation Parkway.
Investigators found no apparent signs of foul play, Sughrue said.
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The leader of The Healing Place, a residential substance abuse treatment center, thinks one of the victims may be a 19-year-old man who was affiliated with the center.
Dennis Parnell, president and chief executive officer of The Healing Place, said officers phoned him shortly after finding the two men. Parnell said the police thought they had reason to believe the teen had been associated with the agency on Goode Street, off Lake Wheeler Road.
Sughrue declined to comment about police contact with Parnell.
On Sunday, sheriff’s deputies in Durham found the remains of a deceased person in southern Durham County near N.C. 55 and Hopson Road.
Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Don Baker said the victim is male but declined to provide other details.