Police said Monday that it appears that Tierra Hall, the 17-year-old girl whose body was found behind a Trotter Ridge Road house on Saturday, was not the victim of a random attack.
Investigators had said Sunday that they were treating Hall’s death as a homicide.
Hall, who lived in the 4200 block of Garrett Road, appeared to have suffered severe head injuries, according to ABC11 Eyewitness News.
Hall was a student at Jordan High School, said Durham schools spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson. The school is closed for spring break, but the school system has notified teachers and staff about Hall’s death and has set up a hotline for students.
Police were dispatched at about 4:40 p.m. Saturday to the 4100 block of Trotter Ridge Road and found the body behind the house.
The vacant home is up for sale and the body initially was found by people seeking to buy a house, said police spokesman Wil Glenn.
Police haven’t yet determined how long Hall’s body was behind the house. She hadn’t been reported missing, Glenn said.
Police ask anyone with information about the case to call Investigator J. Barr at 919-560-4440, ext. 29325, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.
CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information that leads to arrests in felony cases; callers don’t have to identify themselves.