Police on Wednesday identified a man found shot to death Sunday evening as 20-year-old Nicholas Bell of Durham.
Bell’s body was found about 6:30 p.m. Sunday behind a house at 2805 Ashe St., but investigators were unable to identify him.
They said Monday that they had determined the case was a homicide.
Police initially suspected someone else might be in the house, and they treated the scene as a possible stand-off until they were able to determine that the house, a one-story duplex, was empty.
Investigators remained on the scene through the night and into Monday and kept the 2800 block of Ashe Street closed to traffic.
They asked anyone with information about Bell’s killing to contact Investigator S. Pate at 919-560-4440, ext. 29341, 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.