Capital Area Greenway closed, body found

July 23, 2008 5:31:05 PM PDT
At approximately 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Raleigh Police Department officers responded to a section of Crabtree Creek off North Hills Drive near Lead Mine Road.It happened in a section of the Capital Area Greenway. Raleigh Fire Department brought in a boat to help police recover the body.

It was found across the street from Primary Beginnings Childcare. A passerby reported seeing what appeared to be a body in the water.

The body, which has now been recovered from the creek, is that of an unidentified adult male. His remains have been transported to the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill.

It is believed that the body is that of a Hispanic male who appears to be in his twenties or thirties.

Clothing items associated with the body are being released in an effort to assist in the identification of the individual.

His belt buckle has a "Z" design on it; the dark-colored pants have a small logo between the belt loops and the right rear pocket; and the shoes are white Air Jordan's with green trim.

The case will be handled as a homicide, pending the collection and review of all available facts and evidence.

Public Information Officer Jim Sughrue says in order to preserve the scene around the point where the deceased person was located, the Capital Area Greenway has been closed temporarily between Glenwood Avenue and Northbrook Drive and is not expected to reopen before sometime Thursday.

Anyone who might be able to assist with the identification of the deceased male or who might have information on the circumstances surrounding the case is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at (919) 890-3555.