Raleigh police investigating fatal fire as homicide

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A person was found dead after firefighters battled a blaze in a single-story home in the 2800 block of Raleigh's Poole Road Wednesday morning.

Now, Raleigh police are investigating the case as a homicide.

The dead person has been tentatively identified as 32-year-old Curtis Lamont Mitchell. Authorities are conducting tests to confirm the identification.

The fire was reported around 5:30 a.m.

The home was supposed to be vacant. Investigators said utility services were cut off and that makes the cause of the fire suspicious.

Mitchell was reportedly last seen alive in the 1900 block of Poole Road around midnight the night before.

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who saw Mitchell after midnight on April 1.

Anyone with information that might assist the investigation of the case is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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