Police are looking for a 30-year-old man who they say killed another man who was found in a pond off East Club Boulevard on Monday.
Police have charged Andrew Koko Scheper of Durham with one count of murder. Scheper is accused of killing 38-year-old Trinity James Wilkins, who is also known as Trinity Smith.
Wilkins and Scheper knew each other, according to police, and the homicide does not appear to be a random act. Police have not said how Wilkins died.
Wilkins had last been seen by his family Nov. 24, police said in a missing person alert on Jan. 15. Volunteers who were cleaning up the pond on Martin Luther King Jr. Day found his body wrapped in a blanket or rug.
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Police ask anyone with information about Scheper’s whereabouts to call Investigator J. Barr at 919-560-4440, ext. 29325, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.
Wilkins was one of three men found dead in Durham within a 24-hour period this week. Police say their deaths are unrelated.
Police said Wednesday that the man found dead in a townhouse on Colony Road on Monday morning was Charles Ellis Hinnant, 63. They say an autopsy completed Wednesday helped police decide to treat Hinnant’s death as a homicide, though they released no details.
Meanwhile, the man found shot to death in a residential street near the N.C. Central University campus on Tuesday morning has been identified as Lensy Arnett Gill III, 23, of Durham. Gill was found about 6:45 a.m. at the intersection of Rosewood and Dayton streets.
Police have not named any suspects in the deaths of Hinnant or Gill.