Durham police say body found in pond was homicide victim

Police say they are conducting a homicide investigation after volunteers who went to an eastern Durham pond on Monday as part of a service project to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. found a body floating there.

Investigators could not immediately identify the body found in the water near Avondale Drive and East Club Boulevard, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said. They did not disclose what led them to say it was a homicide.

The volunteers called police about 2:30 p.m. to the Beaver Marsh Nature Preserve between East Club Boulevard and Interstate 85. One of them reported seeing something in the pond along Ellerbee Creek that appeared to be a body wrapped in a tarp, a rug or a blanket.

The volunteers were in a canoe when they made the discovery.

Police asked that anyone with information that might help them 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.

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