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Husband arrested in Janet Abaroa Murder

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February 1, 2010

DURHAM (WTVD) -- Durham police investigators have arrested Raven Abaroa and charged him with murder in the April 2005 death of his wife, Janet Abaroa.

Janet Abaroa, 25, was stabbed to death inside her home on Ferrand Drive in Durham on April 26, 2005.

The couple's 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was also at home but was uninjured.

Raven Abaroa, 30, was arrested Monday at his home in Montpelier, Idaho without incident.

He was placed in an Idaho jail without bond. He is being held for extradition to North Carolina.

In the hours before her death, Janet Abaroa, who was in the early stages of pregnancy, picked up her child at day care and went with her husband to drop her car off for repairs.

The Abaroas met with a church member at their home that evening before Raven Abaroa left the house around 8:30 p.m. in a gray Dodge Durango to play in an indoor soccer game in Morrisville.

There were no obvious signs of a break-in, but a laptop computer was missing from the couple's house.

Raven Abaroa told officers he found his wife when he returned home from the game around 11 p.m.

Abaroa's arrest was a joint operation by the Durham Police Department, the FBI Task Force, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), the Montpelier (Idaho) Police Department, the East Idaho STAR (Special Tactics and Response) Team and the Bear Lake County (Idaho) Sheriff's Department.

"This arrest is the result of hard and tenacious work by our investigators and a strong partnership with the FBI and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). Investigators continued to follow leads and never gave up," said Durham Police Chief Jose L. Lopez Sr.

Over the past five years, the case has been assigned to four investigators Cpl. Bennie Bradley, Cpl. Steve Vaughan, Investigator Charles Sole and Sgt. Sheldon Perkins.

"Although an arrest has been made, the case is still ongoing and investigators continue to gather information and conduct interviews," Lopez said. The chief said he can't comment further on the case because the investigation is still ongoing and has not yet been adjudicated.

"We do not give up on our homicides. We continue to follow up until all leads are exhausted and then we check out any new leads we receive," Lopez said.

Anyone with further information on this case is asked to contact Investigator Sole at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29350 or by email at Charles.Sole@durhamnc.gov. or Sgt. Perkins at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29326 or by email at Sheldon.Perkins@durhamnc.gov .

Abaroa Arrested for Murder in Idaho

http://www.ncwanted.com/ncwanted_home/story/6943074/

February 1, 2010

Durham Police sent a dispatch at 8:49p.m. Monday , February 1, 2010 announcing the arrest of Raven Abaroa at his home in Idaho. Abaroa had recently been living near his estranged second wife, Vanessa Pond, in Utah. NC Wanted will provide more information as it becomes available.

Below is the Durham PD dispatch---

Durham police investigators have arrested Raven Abaroa and charged him with murder in the April 2005 death of his wife, Janet Abaroa.

Abaroa, 30, of South 8th Street in Montpelier, Idaho was arrested today at his home without incident. He was placed in the Caribou County (Idaho) Jail without bond. He is being held for extradition to North Carolina. The arrest was a joint operation by the Durham Police Department, the FBI Task Force, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), the Montpelier (Idaho) Police Department, the East Idaho STAR (Special Tactics and Response) Team and the Bear Lake County (Idaho) Sheriff's Department.

“This arrest is the result of hard and tenacious work by our investigators and a strong partnership with the FBI and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). Investigators continued to follow leads and never gave up,” said Durham Police Chief Jose L. Lopez Sr. Due to promotions and transfers, the case has been assigned to four investigators – Cpl. Bennie Bradley, Cpl. Steve Vaughan, Investigator Charles Sole and Sgt. Sheldon Perkins – over the past five years.

“Although an arrest has been made, the case is still ongoing and investigators continue to gather information and conduct interviews,” Lopez said. The chief said he can’t comment further on the case because the investigation is still ongoing and has not yet been adjudicated.

“We do not give up on our homicides. We continue to follow up until all leads are exhausted and then we check out any new leads we receive,” Lopez said.

Janet Abaroa, 25, was stabbed to death inside her home at 2606 Ferrand Drive on Tuesday, April 26, 2005. The Abaroas’ 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was uninjured. There were no obvious signs of a break-in, but a laptop computer was missing from the house.

In the hours before her death, Janet Abaroa, who was in the early stages of pregnancy, picked up her child at day care and went with her husband to drop her car off for repairs. The Abaroas met with a church member at their home that evening before Raven Abaroa left the house around 8:30 p.m. in a gray Dodge Durango to play in an indoor soccer game in Morrisville. Raven Abaroa told officers he found his wife when he returned home from the game around 11 p.m.

Anyone with further information on this case is asked to contact Investigator Sole at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29350 or by email at Charles.Sole@durhamnc.gov or Sgt. Perkins at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29326 or by email at Sheldon.Perkins@durhamnc.gov

Durham Police Make Arrest in Janet Abaroa Murder Case

http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/6942948/

February 1, 2010

Durham, N.C. — Durham police investigators arrested Raven Abaroa on Monday and charged him with murder in the April 2005 death of his wife, Janet Abaroa.

Raven Abaroa, 30, of South 8th St. in Montpelier, Idaho, was taken into custody at his home without incident.

Janet Christiansen Abaroa, 25, was stabbed to death inside an upstairs bedroom at her 2606 Ferrand Drive home on Tuesday, April 26, 2005. The Abaroas’ 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was also in the home but was unharmed.

There were no obvious signs of a break-in, but a laptop computer was missing from the house.

In an October 2007 interview with Fox 50's NC Wanted, Abaroa said he had nothing to do with his wife's death. He told police he was at a soccer game in Morrisville when she was killed. He found her when he returned home, he said.

Raven Abaroa's arrest was a joint operation by the Durham Police Department, the FBI Task Force, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Montpelier Police Department in Idaho, the East Idaho STAR (Special Tactics and Response) Team and the Bear Lake County Sheriff's Department in Idaho.

“This arrest is the result of hard and tenacious work by our investigators and a strong partnership with the FBI and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Investigators continued to follow leads and never gave up,” Durham Police Chief Jose L. Lopez Sr.said in a news release.

Raven Abaroa was placed Monday in Idaho's Caribou County jail without bond. He is being held for extradition to North Carolina.

Anyone with additional information on the case is asked to contact Investigator Charles Sole at 919-560-4440, ext. 29350 or by e-mail at Charles.Sole@durhamnc.gov or Sgt. Sheldon Perkins at 919-560-4440,ext. 29326 or by e-mail at Sheldon.Perkins@durhamnc.gov.

ABC Primetime Crime with Host John Quinones

Please set your DVR's as ABC's Primetime Crime Special with host John Quinones will air "What Happened to Janet Abaroa" on **Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 10/9c.

The episode will be available online on Thursday, September 3, 2009.

**Please note that this is barring any breaking news stories.


ABC Primetime

John Quinones

From WRAL and NC WANTED


Saturday Night: Who Killed Janet?

Posted: Jul. 10, 2007 1:34 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 8, 2007 2:35 p.m.

LINK TO NC Wanted

DURHAM COUNTY:  Another murder of a pregnant mother remains unsolved.   This time it happend in Durham. NC WANTED will feature the unsolved case of Janet Christiansen Abaroa this Saturday night, November 10, 2007 after WRAL's 10 O'Clock News on FOX50. 

Anyone with information on crimes in NC should call NC WANTED toll free at 1.866.43.WANTED (1.866.439.2683) or click on "Report a Tip" Your identity can be kept confidential.

Murder of Durham Mother Remains Unsolved

WTVD By Gerrick Brenner

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=triangle&id=524 8869

*Visit link for video news footage

( 04/26/07 -- DURHAM ) - Durham police are not labeling anyone as a suspect, but they have clearly focused on the victim's husband. He has since moved out of state, and detectives have visited him twice. But neighbors are still wondering if the case will ever be solved. The murder initially rattled people in the Durham neighborhood where 25-year-old, pregnant Janet Abaroa was stabbed to death in her home. Her infant son was found near her body.

Abaroa's surviving family is no longer in the area.

Her husband, Raven Abaroa, found Janet's body. He was later convicted of embezzling money from an employer. He and his son are now living in Utah .

Durham police do not call Raven a suspect, but they initially seized his clothing, e-mail records and recently went to Utah . They say they have not ruled him out as a suspect.

One year ago, Janet's sister held a vigil in Durham . District Attorney Mike Nifong promised the case would not be forgotten. "I wish that I could give you more," he said. "But by my presence here, I commit to you that we will do everything we can to bring her killer to justice."

The family could not be reached for comment and neighbor continue to ask questions.

"Why isn't this getting national attention like other murder cases of similar background," asked one neighbor. "The husband they believe killed the wife. Scott Peterson and Laci Peterson. It got national media attention. Anna Nicole Smith. There are some silly things that got national media attention. Why didn't this?"

Durham Police Keep Husband on Suspect List in Slaying

Durham Police Still Working 2-Year-Old Abaroa Murder

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Posted: Apr. 26 11:12 p.m.

Durham — For the first time, Durham police are saying that Janet Abaroa's husband, Raven Abaroa, has not been eliminated as a suspect in her slaying two years ago.

And even though the killing on April 26, 2005, is otherwise considered a cold case, detectives say it's still very active.

“It's a very active open investigation. We are pursuing things. Our investigators are still spending hours and hours on it, and we're working with the FBI in Utah on it,” said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Janet Abaroa, 25, was stabbed to death in her Durham home. Raven Abaroa told police he found her in an upstairs bedroom. Their 6-month-old son, Caiden, was unharmed nearby.

Detectives have said they've continued to follow leads in the case, but this is the first time, they admit they have not ruled out Raven Abaroa as a suspect.

Since the killing, he and Caiden have moved to Utah.

Janet Abaroa’s family says the wait has been almost unbearable.

“It's up and down. Some days are good and some days are not good. Some days are very bad,” said Dana Kendall, Janet Abaroa’s sister.

WRAL spoke with Kendall by phone, and she said the past two years have been frustrating.

“Although two years passed and you try to move on and move on with your life, it's hard to do it when nothing's been reconciled,” Kendall said.

Durham police maintain there will be closure eventually, and there will be an arrest.

* Reporter: Erin Coleman

* Photographer: Greg Clark

* Web Editor: Ron Gallagher

Vigil, March Held to Call for End to Violent Crimes

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Posted: Apr. 27, 2007 11:51 p.m.

Durham — Friends, relatives and strangers gathered Friday night to remember people whose lives were lost to violence and to call for change.

Nearly 100 people showed up for a vigil and a march against crime sponsored by the Durham Police Department. Most of the marchers had the same message: End violence, especially gang violence, in Durham now.

"My sister-in-law, Janet Abaroa, was murdered two years ago here in Durham . We just felt it was important to support this walk against crime," Connie Christiansen said. "It helped to be able to feel like you're supporting others and try not to focus too much on what you're going through."

Abaroa, a 25-year-old mother, was stabbed to death in her Durham home two years ago Thursday. The case remains unsolved.

Twelve-year-old Jamal Lowery's mother was murdered in January 1996, and he still can't describe what life is like without her.

"I don't know. Many of you may be thinking, 'How don't you?' Well, I just don't," Jamal told those in attendance.

Many students from North Carolina Central University took part to show support for fallen classmates near and far.

"I just came out to show my love and support for Virginia Tech victims," student Jevon Rogers said.

"It's always a good time to show support for people that have been victims of violence, and violence that happened on our campus, Ms. Denita Smith, as well," student Tafari Higgins said.

Smith, an N.C. Central graduate student from Charlotte , was fatally shot outside her apartment in January. A Greensboro woman who police say was obsessed with Smith's fiance has been charged with murder in the case.

"When you see the suffering like we've seen this evening, you can't go back tomorrow to business as usual. We're going to have to really come together as a community ... to bring about change," Durham Police Chief Steve Chalmers said.

The police department also will host a Saturday banquet for crime victims.

* Reporter: Dan Bowens
* Photographer: Tom Normanly
* Web Editor: Matthew Burns

2006 Candlelight Vigil

in conjunction with
OVC / Office for Victims of Crime
National Crime Victims' Rights Week

On April 29, 2006 Janet's family and friends
held a very special candlelight vigil
remembering Janet Marie and her baby.

We gathered at the Plaza at the Durham Marriott at the Civic Center,
201 Foster Street, Durham, North Carolina
at 7 pm.

~ link to Vigil Program ~

One Year After Homicide, Durham Woman's Family Looks For Answers

http://www.wral.com/news/9084288/detail.html

WRAL

POSTED: 11:14 pm EDT April 28, 2006

UPDATED: 12:10 am EDT April 29, 2006

It's been one year since 25-year-old Janet Abaroa was stabbed and killed in her Durham home, but her killer is still on the loose. After a tough year without her, her family is honoring her memory.

Durham police say the case was not random, but they still haven’t identified a suspect. Abaroa was killed with her 6-month-old child in the house. There was no sign of forced entry.

One year later, Abaroa's family is desperate for answers.

"We don't feel like we are any closer to an end than a year ago," says Abaroa's sister, Dana Kendall.

Abaroa never made it to her first Mothers Day, or her son's first birthday. Her family didn't know it when she died, but an autopsy revealed she was pregnant again.

"They knew this would be hard on me, so they didn't tell me for quite a while," says Janet Christiansen, Abaroa's mother.


  • On The Web: Tears For Janet

    Along with sadness, many family members feel frustration too, but not at police.

    "We know they are doing all they can," says Abaroa’s sister-in-law Connie Christiansen.

    They feel helpless in knowing their loved one didn't have to die.

    "It was a deliberate act of someone taking her life, and it didn't have to be," says Kendall.

    The investigation has revealed Abaroa and her husband were having money problems. Raven Abaroa pleaded guilty to embezzling from his workplace. He now lives in Utah with the couple's child.

    Abaroa's sisters say they don't speak to him often. Her mother wishes she could just speak to her daughter again.

    "I can't call her on the phone,” said Janet Christiansen. “I had her message and someone inadvertently deleted it. I was mad and furious for a week. I wanted to hear her voice."

    Now, her family and friends are her voice. On Saturday night, they'll light candles to remember her.

    The candlelight vigil will be held in Janet Abaroa's honor Saturday at 7p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza on Foster Street in Durham. Candles will also be lit in several states at the same time.

    Reporter: Melissa Buscher
    Photographer: Ed Wilson
    Online Editor: Dana Franks

    One Year Later, No Suspects In Durham Mother's Slaying

    POSTED: 2:12 pm EDT April 27, 2006
    UPDATED: 2:30 pm EDT April 27, 2006

    http://www.wral.com/news/9046588/detail.html?taf=ral

    WRAL

    The suspicious death of a young Durham mother remains unsolved, one year after she was found stabbed to death in her home.

    Police investigators have said that they do not think 25-year-old Janet Abaroa's death was random, but have yet to name any suspects or make an arrest in the case.

    Abaroa's husband, Raven Abaroa, found his wife dead inside their home at 2606 Ferrand Drive around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2005. Their 6-month-old son, Kaiden, who was also in the home, was uninjured. An autopsy later showed that the victim was pregnant.

    Investigators spent nearly 24 hours collecting evidence from the house and family vehicle, including knives, a cell phone and financial items, including a checkbook and loan papers.

    The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Durham Police Department at (919) 560-4440, ext. 247 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

    A candlelight vigil will is scheduled in her memory Saturday at 7 p.m. at 201 Foster St. in Durham.

    News 14 Carolina – April 26, 2006

    Wednesday marks 1 year anniversary of woman's death

    4/26/2006 8:44 AM
    By: News 14 Carolina Staff

    Janet Abaroa

    Janet Abaroa

    ( DURHAM ) -- It's been a year since a Durham woman was found stabbed to death in her home and still no arrests have been made.

    Police say Janet Abaroa's husband found her stabbed to death in their west Durham home in April of last year. The medical examiners office says the 25-year-old mother had been stabbed in the neck and chest.

    An autopsy report shows she was pregnant at the time.

    Durham police say the investigation is still very active.

    A vigil for Abaroa is Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Durham Marriott Civic Center in conjunction with National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

    ABC Eyewitness News – April 26, 2006

    http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?s...ngle&id=4117485

    Abaroa Murder Still Unsolved

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    Eyewitness News

    One year has passed and no arrests have been made in the murder of a pregnant Durham mother.

    Janet Abaroa was found stabbed to death inside her Ferrand Drive home a year ago today.

    Her husband, Raven, found her body when he returned home from a soccer game. The couple's 6-month-old son was in the home during the murder. He wasn't hurt.

    Abaroa was pregnant with the couple's second child. A vigil for Janet Abaroa will be held on Saturday night at the Durham Marriott Civic Center.

    The Herald-Sun – April 26, 2006

    http://www.herald-sun.com/durham/4-728391.html

    Family awaits answers in death


    By BriAnne Dopart : The Herald-Sun
    bdopart@heraldsun.com
    Apr 26, 2006 : 12:01 am ET

    DURHAM -- A year after 25-year-old Janet Abaroa's husband reported finding her stabbed to death in the couple's home, family members wait in anguish for answers about her murder.

    "Somebody out there has to know something. There's a murderer walking around that killed a pregnant woman and somebody has to know," said Dena Kendall, Abaroa's sister who lives in northern Virginia.

    Although police have not released any updates on the case, Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael described the investigation as "still very active" and said that investigators are following several leads. She did not elaborate.

    However, Michael said, investigators are still looking for a laptop computer that was missing from the home.

    Police seized correspondence from both Raven and Janet Abaroa's e-mail accounts from before and after the homicide. Police also confiscated the clothing Raven Abaroa wore the night of the murder.

    Raven Abaroa has not been named as a suspect in his wife's murder.

    Kendall, who declined to say who she thought murdered her sister, said family members are frustrated by the lack of progress in the investigation.

    "It's been slow. I know they're working on it, but it's been a year and nobody's named a suspect," Kendall said.

    While acknowledging that she and her family are grateful to Durham police homicide investigators for their work on the case, the family has questions they long to have answered, Kendall said.

    "Where did the murder weapon go? It wasn't there when the police got there," she said.

    "There would have been blood [on the clothing of the murderer]. Where is that?" she asked.

    Raven Abaroa told police he found his wife's body in an upstairs bedroom of their blue, two-story house at 2606 Ferrand Drive at about 11 p.m. on April 26, 2005. Abaroa had been home caring for the couple's 6-month-old son, Kaiden, while Raven Abaroa was at a soccer game, police reported last year.

    The first officer to arrive at the house found Abaroa with a knife wound to the chest, lying on her back in a pool of blood. On the walls of the bedroom and near the side entrance of the house, investigators discovered bloodstains. Police did not say if there were signs of forced entry into the home but said that it was not a random act.

    An autopsy later revealed that a knife wound to the neck likely killed Abaroa, who was in the early stages of pregnancy.

    Both of the Abaroas worked at Sport Endeavors, a sports equipment company in Hillsborough. They were fired when Raven Abaroa was accused of embezzling more than $9,000 from the company.

    He pleaded guilty to the charges in August 2005 and was sentenced to supervised probation. He was permitted to move his probation to Utah, where he is caring for Kaiden.

    Regardless of the investigation, Kendall and her sister-in-law, Connie Christiansen, said that this week is about remembering Janet.

    A vigil for Abaroa will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Durham Marriott Civic Center in conjunction with National Crime Victims' Rights Week, according to family spokesperson Cheryl Cheek.

    Christiansen remembers her sister-in-law as funny, quiet, and careful with words. More than anything, Christiansen said, she remembers her sister-in-law as a private person who treasured her family.

    "What I remember most was the way she adored her nephews and nieces," Christiansen said. "One year she was in college ... my oldest [child] had just been born, and she made a special trip just to see him. It was so important for her to see him and hold him and love him."

    Kendall said she hoped that the anniversary of her sister's death and the vigil help jog people's memories about the night of the murder.

    "Maybe this year," she said wishfully, "somebody will say 'Oh, I didn't realize that case was still open.' "

    Police ask anyone with information about Abaroa's murder to call the Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at 560-4440 or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to an arrest in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

    The Herald-Sun
    January 24, 2006

    Reward offered in woman's slaying

    http://www.herald-sun.com/durham/4-693472.html

    Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Fund Foundation

    http://www.carolesundfoundation.com

    Jan 24, 2006 : 10:47 pm ET

    DURHAM -- A $5,000 award is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the April 26 slaying of 25-year-old Janet Abaroa, according to a Durham Police Department news release.

    Abaroa, of 2606 Ferrand Drive , was stabbed to death between the hours of 8:30 and 11 p.m. while at home with her 6-month-old son. Abaroa's husband, Raven, found her body after returning from an evening sporting event. The couple's son, Kaiden, was uninjured, police said.

    There were no obvious signs of a break-in, according to police, and only a laptop computer had been taken from the house.

    Raven and Kaiden Abaroa now live in Utah with his family.

    The reward is being offered by Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, an organization "committed to raising public awareness of the issue of missing persons who have gone missing under suspicious circumstances and of innocent people who have fallen victim to violent crimes," according to the Foundation's mission statement.

    The $5,000 reward is in effect for six months, according to police, and is offered in addition to a reward offered by CrimeStoppers.

    Anyone with any information about the murder is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

    WRAL News
    January 24, 2006

    $5,000 Reward Offered In Unsolved Case Of Slain Durham Mother

    http://www.wral.com/news/6404283/detail.html

    POSTED: 2:38 pm EST January 24, 2006
    UPDATED: 4:11 pm EST January 24, 2006

    DURHAM, N.C. -- Nearly nine months after a Durham mother was found stabbed to death in her home, Durham police announced a reward Tuesday for information about the case.

    The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the April 26 slaying of 25-year-old Janet Abaroa.

    (209) 567-1059: Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation

    Abaroa's husband, Raven Abaroa, found his wife dead inside their home at 2606 Ferrand Drive around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. Their 6-month-old son, Kaiden, who was also in the home, was uninjured.

    In the hours before her death, Janet Abaroa, who was in the early stages of pregnancy, picked up her son at day care and went with her husband to drop off her car for repairs, police said in a news release issued Tuesday.

    The Abaroas then met with a church member at their home that evening before Raven Abaroa left the house around 8:30 p.m. in a gray Dodge Durango to play in an indoor soccer game in Morrisville.

    Police said that when Abaroa returned home that evening, he found his wife upstairs.

    Investigators spent nearly 24 hours collecting evidence from the home, including knives, a cell phone and financial items, including a checkbook and loan papers. Police searched the Dodge Durango, where they found a knife and a pawn shop ticket. Authorities also collected soil samples from the SUV and took swabbings from various locations in the house. They also took the clothes Raven Abaroa had been wearing.

    In August, Durham investigators searched through the couple's e-mail accounts in hopes of finding information that would lead them to an arrest.

    Although no charges have been filed and no suspects have been named in the case, investigators said they do not believe the homicide was random. Police said there were no obvious signs of a break-in, even though a laptop computer was reported missing from the house.

    The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, which posts rewards for families of victims who lack the financial means to do so themselves, will offer the $5,000 reward for six months. It is in addition to a reward being offered by CrimeStoppers for an arrest in the case.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Durham Police Department at (919) 560-4440, ext. 247 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.


     

    Justice Magazine
    January 24, 2006

    http://www.justicemag.com/community/forums/3/1935.html

    $5,000 Reward Offered!

    Police in Durham , NC , announced today a reward in the case of Janet Marie Christiansen Abaroa, a young mother found stabbed to death in her home on the night of April 26, 2005. The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation http://www.carolesundfoundation.com/ is offering $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in Janet's case.

    On the afternoon of April 26, 2005, Janet Abaroa and her husband Raven picked up their 6 month-old son Kaiden from daycare before dropping Janet's car off for some automotive repairs. Afterwards, the family went home, where Janet and Raven met with a home-teacher from their church. At about 8:30 P.M. Raven left in his gray Dodge Durango for an indoor soccer game in Morrisville , NC . No mention has been made as to the whereabouts of the family's third vehicle, a 1999 Special Edition Ironman VX.

    Raven Abaroa, who has since relocated to Sandy , Utah with his infant son, was the one to discover Janet's body after returning from the soccer game shortly before 11 P.M. He phoned police, informed them that his wife was injured and that it appeared that she had been shot. 6 month-old Kaiden was in a nearby room in his crib, fortunately unharmed.

    Police spent approximately 24 hours at the scene collecting evidence, including a knife and a pawn shop ticket taken from the Durango, soil samples also from the Durango, swabbings from inside of the home, and the clothing which Raven had been wearing that night.

    No arrests have been made and no suspects have been named. Police continue to say that they do not believe that this was a random crime, and in spite of a laptop computer being reported missing from the home, there were no obvious signs of a break-in.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Durham Police Department at (919) 560-4440, ext. 247 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

     

    ABC Channel 11 Eyewitness News
    January 24, 2006

    http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=local&id=3841900

    Reward for Information in Mother's Murder
    WTVD Eyewitness News

    (01/24/06 -- DURHAM ) - Durham police hope a new reward will lead to clues in the murder of a young mother.
    Janet Abaroa, 25, was found stabbed to death inside her Ferrand Drive home last April. No charges have been filed in the case, but police investigators do not believe the crime was random.

    A foundation that helps families who are not able to generate reward money on their own is now offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

    Abaroa is survived by her husband, Raven, and their young son. The woman was pregnant with their second child at the time of her death.

    The News & Observer

    http://www.newsobserver.com/102/story/384135.html

    A Tally of Violence

    Many Triangle murders fell under common headings. Each had unique, sometimes befuddling, elements Adam Sapikowski, 16, is charged with killing his parents in Chapel Hill .

    Samiha Khanna and Jennifer Brevorka, Staff Writers

    Police in the Triangle investigated a number of bewildering murder cases in 2005. In Chapel Hill, a teenager whom police charged with killing his parents attended a prom the weekend of their deaths. In Durham , four men were executed in a quiet subdivision. In Raleigh, a woman was accused of arranging her husband's murder with her teenage lover.

    Though some of Raleigh 's murders had head-turning twists, the number of killings was at the average level for the past nine years.

    Police investigated 20 murders in 2005, up from 15 in 2004, according to the Raleigh Police Department. The city's 2005 homicide rate was 5.8 murders per 100,000 residents, up from last year's rate of 4.7 murders per 100,000 residents. As of Sunday, police had made arrests or issued warrants in 18 of the 20 slayings.

    Still, the year's number of killings could change slightly based on the police-involved shooting that killed Nyles Arrington.

    Officer Audrey Michelle Peele shot the 42-year-old after he drove off in her Nissan Xterra in an east Raleigh parking lot. Police call Arrington's Aug. 28 death a homicide; prosecutors have not determined whether they will charge Peele, so Arrington's death is not considered a murder.

    Raleigh 's murder total and the city's murder rate still fall below a high reached in 1998, when police worked on 29 homicide cases, according to Raleigh police. In comparison to past years, 2005 was on a par with the city's average of 20 homicides per year between 1997 and 2005.

    Causes for the murders in Raleigh don't fall easily into categories.

    "The pattern there is that people tend to know one another," said Jim Sughrue, police spokesman. "It is rare that total strangers meet for the first time and a homicide is committed."

    A five-year high

    In Durham, murders reached a five-year high in 2005. Thirty-eight people were shot, beaten, strangled or stabbed to death within the city limits.

    Investigators ruled that two people were shot in self-defense, making the total number of murders 36, up from the previous year's total of 30.

    Police have made arrests or taken out warrants on suspects in 23 of the killings.

    The murder rate for 2005 was 17.2 per 100,000 residents, up from 14.8 in 2004, according to statistics compiled by the State Bureau of Investigation and an estimate of Durham 's current population from the Durham City-County Planning Department.

    In most cases, the Durham slayings were caused by factors common to many American cities -- arguments between lovers and friends, disputes over drugs, the wrong gang colors or robbers killing for small sums of cash.

    But each had unique tragic elements.

    The victims were musicians, construction workers and fathers. They were drug dealers, gang bangers and suspected robbers. They were children such as Randall Thomas, a 4-year-old who died of starvation. He weighed less than 20 pounds, police said.

    Twice this year, mourners buried pregnant women. Jarvlin Lassiter's killer must have noticed her third-trimester belly when he shot her. Janet Abaroa was only weeks along with her second child when she was stabbed to death.

    Two victims were attacked where they worked.

    Ahmed Raja and Crayton Nelms, convenience store clerks, ran cash registers after dark, even though they knew it was risky.

    Several victims were attacked in their homes. But in 15 cases, victims were gunned down while they were in public places, such as streets and parking lots.

    Gang members were involved in at least six deaths. In 2004, police said, 15 of the homicides involved gang members or disputes among rival gangs.

    With 19 of Durham 's murder victims age 25 and younger, the deaths of youth have stirred the conversation on young victims in Durham among city and community leaders.

    Marcia Owen, a volunteer with Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal program to end gun violence, says the first step in stopping homicides is taking illegal firearms off Durham 's streets.

    It is too easy for a young person to get a gun and use it in a fight, she said.

    "For as long as there's been children, it's been hard to grow up," Owen said.

    Take the guns away, she said, and "kids can be kids and have their fights, but they're not shooting and killing each other. They're not putting everyone else in harm's way."

    Addressing crime and violence will be at the top of his agenda this month when Durham Mayor Bill Bell is scheduled to give his annual speech on the state of the city, he said.

    "We've got to let young people understand that's not the way you solve your problems," Bell said.

    Connections

    In Raleigh, the year began with a Jan. 9 double slaying that police described as drug-related robbery involving gang members.

    The year ended with the death of Charles White, 26, who was shot outside a Maple Street home during the last morning of 2005.

    A number of the city's slayings involved disputes between victim and suspect, but three were fueled by domestic violence, according to police.

    Gloria Salmeron's death was part of a murder-suicide. Her lover, Orlando Blanco, jumped to his own death from the 11th floor of a hotel after killing Salmeron.

    Dujuana Massenburg, a mother of three described by co-workers as compassionate and courageous, died May 16.

    Police say that Massenburg's husband chased her minivan through the streets of North Raleigh and then killed her.

    Raleigh police say none of the year's homicides stemmed from gang disputes, but one-third of the cases involved gang members.

    Often, seemingly spontaneous crimes were the incidents that prompted the most public response.

    Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral for Shirley Newkirk, 63. Police described the retired schoolteacher's death, which ended an April night of violence by three teens, as "totally random."

    At Northgate Mall in Durham , Tyqwan McLean, 16, got into an argument with a stranger while defending his sister.

    Investigators and family members said the teenager paid for his actions with his life.

    (News researcher David Raynor contributed to this report.)

    Staff writer Samiha Khanna can be reached at 956-2468 or skhanna@newsobserver.com.

     

    The Herald-Sun
    August 28, 2005

    http://www.herald-sun.com/durham/4-640784.html

    By Paul Bonner : The Herald-Sun
    pbonner@heraldsun.com
    Aug 28, 2005 : 8:35 pm ET

    DURHAM -- Woman pregnant when she was killed.

    Autopsy says stab wound to right side of her neck likely cause of death

    Woman pregnant when she was killed

    pbonner@heraldsun.com; 419-6621

    Janet Abaroa was pregnant when she was stabbed to death in April at the Durham home she shared with her husband and infant son, an autopsy has determined.

    A stab wound to the right side of her neck likely caused her death, although a second one to her chest also was potentially lethal, concluded the autopsy, performed April 28 at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill. The autopsy also noted a stab wound to a right-hand finger.

    A blood test discovered that she was in an early stage of pregnancy.

    The body of Abaroa, 25, was found in a bedroom of her home on Ferrand Drive off Sparger Road on April 26. Her husband, Raven Abaroa, told police he returned home about 11 p.m. and found her slain. Their son, Kaiden, then 6 months old, was in the house but unharmed.

    Police say they're continuing to investigate Abaroa's death, and no one has been charged.

    Raven Abaroa pleaded guilty last week in Orange County to embezzlement charges filed nearly three months before his wife's death. He received a suspended sentence and probation for five counts of stealing athletic shoes from his employer at the time, Hillsborough-based soccer outfitter Sports Endeavors Inc.

    He and Kaiden now live in Utah with his family. Police have divulged little about the case but have said they don't believe the killing was random.

     

    The News & Observer
    August 24, 2005

    http://www.newsobserver.com/news/orange/sto ry/2749987p-9187604c.html

    Guilty Plea Offered in Embezzlement

    Guilty plea offered in embezzlement
    Husband of slain woman is ordered to pay $9,600 to former employer

    By JESSICA ROCHA, Staff Writer

    HILLSBOROUGH -- A man whose pregnant wife was stabbed to death in the family's Durham home in April pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $9,000 from his former employer.

    Raven Abaroa, 25, pleaded guilty to five counts of felony embezzlement from Sports Endeavors, identified on its Web site as a soccer and lacrosse company in Hillsborough.

    Durham police have not made any arrests or named any suspects in the death of his wife, Janet Abaroa, who was found in her bedroom April 26 after her husband called 911.

    Between July and December 2004, Abaroa and a partner ordered dozens of pairs of shoes but had them delivered to his address instead of the store. From there he would sell them, pocketing the cash. The store never received the merchandise or money for it, said Jacqueline Perez, an Orange County assistant district attorney.

    In court, Abaroa said he used the cash from the shoe sales for car repairs and paying bills.

    Abaroa was ordered to pay $9,600 in restitution and placed on supervised probation for 24 months. If he violates probation, he could spend up to six months in prison.

    His probation will be transferred to Utah . That is where Abaroa and his 10-month-old son are living to be closer to Abaroa's family, he told Orange-Chatham Superior Court Judge Wade Barber.

    Abaroa said he is working as a salesman for a mobile phone contractor.

    Staff writer Jessica Rocha can be reached at 932-2008 or jrocha@newsobserver.com.

    The Herald-Sun
    August 23, 2005

    Man whose wife slain pleads to embezzlement

    http://www.herald-sun.com/orange/10-639249 .html

    By BETH VELLIQUETTE : The Herald-Sun

    HILLSBOROUGH -- Raven Abaroa, whose young wife was found stabbed to death in the Durham home she shared with her husband and baby on April 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of embezzlement in Orange County Criminal Superior Court.

    Abaroa, 25, came from Utah , where he now lives, for the short hearing in front of Superior Court Judge Wade Barber.

    Barber approved a plea agreement in the case and put Abaroa on supervised probation for two years, and then agreed to have his probation transferred to Utah . In accordance with the plea agreement, Barber sentenced him to five to six months in prison but then suspended the sentence. He also ordered Abaroa to pay $9,600 to Sports Endeavors Inc. in restitution.

    Abaroa was working for Sports Endeavors Inc., which owns Eurosport, a mail-order catalog company for sports equipment located in Hillsborough, when he placed orders for shoes and had them delivered to his home but did not pay for them, according to Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Perez.

    Abaroa would order 25 to 30 pairs of shoes at a time and then resell them, Perez said. The thefts occurred last year when Abaroa worked for the company.

    Once he became a suspect, he cooperated with police and allowed them to search his computer and home for evidence needed for prosecution, Perez said.

    The shoes were valued at approximately $100 a pair, said Abaroa's attorney, Julian Mack. Mack told the judge that he has another 28 pairs of shoes that he will return to the Hillsborough Police Department in the next day or two as part of the restitution.

    Mack told Barber that Abaroa lives with his 10-month-old son in Utah with his family, who are providing help and support for them.

    Barber, unaware that Abaroa's wife was murdered in April and that the case is unsolved, questioned Abaroa about where he worked and why he had moved to Utah . Mack interrupted and told Barber that Abaroa's wife Janet had been murdered and that Abaroa returned to Utah to raise his son and be with his family.

    Later, Barber asked Abaroa if there was a reason he stole the athletic shoes.

    "No," Abaroa replied.

    "What did you do with the money?" Barber asked.

    "I repaired cars, paid bills," Abaroa said.

    WRAL News
    August 22, 2005

    Slain Durham Woman's Husband Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement Charges

    http://www.wral.com/news/4880662/detail.html

    POSTED: 11:58 am EDT August 22, 2005
    HILLSBOROUGH, N.C.

    The husband of a Durham woman who was found dead in her home returned to the Triangle Tuesday to plead guilty to embezzlement charges.

    In February, Raven Abaroa was charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from his former employer, Eurosport, where he and his wife worked.

    Abaroa admits he stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from Eurosport in Chapel Hill . He told a judge that he used the money to pay off bills. He accepted a deal with Orange County prosecutors in which he will serve two years and pay back close to $10,000.

    In April, Durham police found his wife, Janet Abaroa, stabbed to death in their home. An autopsy report released last week revealed that the 25-year-old was pregnant at the time of her death.

    The couple's 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was also in the home, but was not hurt. Abaroa is now raising Kaiden in Utah with the help of his family. "He's doing pretty good," Abaroa told WRAL. "He's growing, he looks great." Abaroa would not talk about his wife's death or the investigation, but said he is determined to get through it. "I think faith has a lot to do with it," he said.

    Abaroa's attorney said they were eager for an arrest. Investigators say they do not believe the murder was random. Last week, Durham investigators obtained a search warrant to gain access to the couple's e-mail accounts. They hope that they may find some information to lead them to an arrest.

     

    ABC Channel 11 Eyewitness News
    August 18, 2005

    Autopsy Reveals Twist in Abaroa's Death

    http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=triangle &id=3361221


    Eyewitness News

    (08/18/05 - DURHAM ) - An autopsy report obtained by Eyewitness News shows that a Durham woman was pregnant when she was stabbed to death earlier this year.

    Janet Abaroa, 25, was found stabbed to death on April 26 inside her Ferrand Drive home in Durham . Police say it was not a random crime and no one has been ruled out as a suspect.

    The autopsy report showing Abaroa was pregnant came as a shock to grieving family members. Eyewitness News reached her sister-in-law in Virginia .
    "We didn't know she was pregnant," Consuelo Christiansen said. "It actually kind of made things harder for us, sadder."

    Durham 's district attorney tells Eyewitness News that the crime could not be considered a double murder under state law.

    The autopsy report also reveals that Abaroa was stabbed three times - - in the neck, chest and right hand.

    Abaroa's husband, Raven, found his wife's body and called police. The couple's 6-month-old son was found unharmed in another room. Raven Abaroa and his son have since moved to Utah .

    "The few times I've talked to him, he's still broken up," Christiansen said. "It's still hard on him, not knowing what happened to his wife, not knowing anything at this point."

    Video Link Below:
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    The News & Observer
    August 18, 2005

    Slain woman was due for baby
    Autopsy in killing reveals pregnancy

    http://www.newsobserver.com/news/durham/story/273 1634p-9168974c.html

    SAMIHA KHANNA, Staff Writer

    DURHAM -- Janet Abaroa was pregnant when she was stabbed to death in her West Durham home, an autopsy report shows.

    Durham police have made no arrests in the death of Abaroa, who was found in a kneeling position in her bedroom at 2606 Ferrand Drive the night of April 26. She was 25. Her 6-month-old son was in another room, unharmed.

    The victim's husband, Raven Abaroa, discovered his wife's body late that night and called 911, telling an operator he thought she had been shot, police said.
    According to the report released by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill , Janet Abaroa was stabbed in the neck and chest. It was likely the wound to the base of her neck, which cut into an artery and lung, that was the fatal blow, the report says. A sharp object also cut the woman's right middle finger, the report shows.

    Tests conducted during the exam also revealed Janet Abaroa was pregnant, the report says. The report does not indicate the length of the pregnancy, and the pathologist who conducted the test could not be reached Wednesday.

    Dena Kendall, the victim's sister who lives in southern Virginia , said she was devastated when she learned her late sister had been pregnant. "I wanted to throw up," Kendall said. "I couldn't breathe."

    Kendall said she couldn't describe the loss her family has felt since Janet, an avid athlete and new mom, was killed four months ago. But, Kendall said, hearing updates from the police helps relieve some of the grief. "We're putting our faith in the police that they'll solve this case," Kendall said.

    Husband raising child

    Since the woman's death, Raven Abaroa has been raising the couple's baby, Kaiden, who will mark his first birthday this fall, Kendall said. The father and son have spent time this summer visiting relatives, including spending time with Janet Abaroa's family in Virginia in June, Kendall said.

    More recently, Raven Abaroa and his son have moved to Utah to be near Raven Abaroa's mother and stepfather, Kendall said. He keeps in touch with his late wife's relatives by phone, she said. The couple would have celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary this month.

    Embezzlement counts

    Raven Abaroa is scheduled to return to North Carolina next week to appear in an Orange County court on five counts of felony embezzlement, according to a schedule published by the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts.

    Raven Abaroa was charged with embezzlement while he and his wife were working at Eurosport, a sporting goods company in Hillsborough. Janet and Raven Abaroa left their jobs last winter after Hillsborough police charged Raven Abaroa with embezzling more than $9,000 from the company, according to arrest warrants.

    Staff writer Samiha Khanna can be reached at 956-2468 or skhanna@newsobserver.com.

     

    WRAL News
    August 18, 2005

    Autopsy: Durham Mother Found Dead In Home Was Pregnant

    http://www.wral.com/news/4867522/detail.html

    POSTED: 11:48 am EDT August 18, 2005

    DURHAM -- A young Durham mother found dead in her home in April was pregnant, according to an autopsy just released.

    Authorities found Janet Abaroa, 25, stabbed to death in her home.

    Abaroa had a 6-month-old son, Kaiden, who was also in the home at the time of her death; he was not hurt.

    Raven Abaroa, the victim's husband, called police and told them his wife had been injured.

    Police have not made any arrests, but say the murder was not random.

    Investigators have been looking through the couple's e-mail accounts to see if there is any information that can lead them to an arrest.

    Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Durham Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at (919) 560-4440 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

     

     

    News 14 Carolina
    August 18, 2005

    Murdered Durham Woman was Pregnant

    http://rdu.news14.com/content/top%5Fstories/defaul t.asp?ArID=73447

    Murdered Durham woman was pregnant
    8/18/2005 8:41 AM
    By: News 14 Carolina Staff

    A Durham woman killed in her home in April was pregnant. That's according to the autopsy report of Janet Abaroa.

    Police said Abaroa's husband found her stabbed to death in their west Durham home on April 26th.

    The medical examiner's office said she had been stabbed in the neck and chest.

    Police are still looking for suspects in the case. If you have information about the case, call Durham CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.


     

    ABC Channel 11 Eyewitness News
    August 17, 2005

    Police Search Computer Records for Clues

    http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=triangle &id=3358729

    Anthony Wilson

    (08/17/05 -- DURHAM) - Internet records are providing investigators with new insight into what was going on in the life of a Durham mother in the days leading up to her murder.

    Janet Abaroa's husband, Raven, says he found her stabbed to death inside their Ferrand Drive home on April 26. Investigators searched the home and an SUV found parked in the driveway and determined her death was not a random act of violence.

    The search for clues in the Abaroa murder case now involves the computer mail records of the Abaroas. Court papers obtained by Eyewitness News show Durham detectives contacted Google last week requesting specific information about the e-mail accounts of both Abaroas.

    The police search involved all online activity from those accounts, between April 1 and May 16, including files accessed by the Abaroas and information from both accounts stored by Google.

    The police affidavit says those records will help detectives "verify any suspicious activity, threats, and/or the identity of any possible suspects" in the Janet Abaroa murder probe.

    Police won't talk about what they've found so far, but they say they're not ruling anyone out as a potential suspect. Raven Abaroa no longer lives at the home where his wife died. The landlord says Abaroa moved out a few weeks after the discovery of her body.

     

    WRAL News
    August 17, 2005

    Police search email for clues

    http://www.wral.com/news/4863076/detail.html

    DURHAM , N.C. -- E-mail messages are the latest focus in a Durham murder investigation.

    Janet Abaroa was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of her home in April. Her 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was also at home, but was not hurt.

    Abaroa's husband, Raven, called 911 saying his wife had been injured.

    Now, investigators are sifting through the couple's e-mail accounts to see if there is anything that can lead them to an arrest.

    Police have not named any suspects, but say the murder was not random.

     

    The Herald-Sun
    July 22, 2005

    Plea offered in embezzlement case.

    http://www.herald-sun.com/durham/4-629294.html

    Plea offered in embezzlement case

    BY ERIC OLSON : The Herald-Sun
    Jul 22, 2005 : 9:56 pm ET

    The Orange County District Attorney's Office has offered a plea agreement in the embezzlement charges facing Raven Abaroa, whose wife was murdered in Durham in April.

    Should Abaroa accept, the deal would place him on probation and force him to make some $9,000 of restitution to his former employer, Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Perez said.

    "That's just what we talked about," Perez said. "Mr. Abaroa hasn't agreed to anything yet."

    Perez said she should know by Aug. 23 whether or not Abaroa would agree to the deal. Otherwise, she would indict Abaroa on five counts of embezzlement and put the case before the Sept. 21 grand jury session, she said.

    "Since I don't know if he's going to plead or not, I can't say what's going to happen," she said. "And if he does, it's going to be probation and restitution."

     

    WRAL News
    July 22, 2005

    Prosecutors Offer Deal On Embezzlement Charges

    http://www.wral.com/news/4760082/detail.html?rss=ral&p sp=news

    DURHAM , N.C. -- Prosecutors offered the husband of a homicide victim a plea deal on embezzlement charges.

    Raven Abaroa is accused of taking thousands of dollars from the business where he and his wife worked. Officials have not said if Abaroa wants the deal.


    In April, Durham police found Janet Abaroa stabbed to death in her home. Her 6-month-old son was there, but not hurt.

    Police have not made an arrest in the case, but they insist the slaying was not a random crime.

     

    The Lexington News-Gazette
    July 6, 2005

    Murder Investigation Continues

    http://www.thenews-gazette.com/articles/2005/07/0 6/news/local2.txt

    Murder Investigation Continues
    BY VIRGINIA KONCHAN
    Wednesday, July 6, 2005 12:10 PM CDT

    Durham, N.C., police have yet to name a suspect in the April 26 murder of former Southern Virginia University student Janet Abaroa.

    Abaroa, 25, spent four years at SVU, earning her associate's degree in liberal studies and coming just a few credits shy of earning her bachelor's degree in social science. Her husband Raven Abaroa was also a former SVU student who attended the university for just one semester in 1998 as a business administration major. The couple lived in Durham with their 6-month-old son, Kaiden.
    Janet Abaroa's body was found shortly before 11 p.m. on the day of her murder, in her bedroom. Public relations coordinator with the Durham Police Department Kammie Michaels, confirmed that stabbing was the cause of death.

    At SVU, Abaroa was credited as being a "pioneer" who made history at the university as a midfielder for the inaugural women's soccer team, helping to lead her team to back-to-back National Small College Athletic Association Championship victories in 1998 and 1999. She was also a scholar-athlete, receiving post-season honors as a United State Collegiate Athletic Association All-American in 2001 and 2002.

    "Janet experienced great athletic accomplishment, academic success and spiritual development during her four years at SVU," reads a memorandum to the SVU student body in the wake of Abaroa's death.

    Abaroa was one of nine children and originally from Annandale . Her family has described her as an "avid soccer player and devout Morman." At the time of her death, she was employed as a bookkeeper at Martin Marietta Materials, a company that manufactures construction materials, in Raleigh .

    Both she and her husband were formerly employed at Eurosport, a sporting goods company in Hillsborough, but they both left their positions Janet Abaroa voluntarily after Hillsborough police charged Raven Abaroa with embezzling more than $9,000 from the company, according to arrest warrants. His June 22 trial date in Orange County was continued until July 22, but a clerk at the Orange County Superior and District Court said that he may be indicted in the interim.

    Police have been close-mouthed about the case, which has been open for just over two months, naming no suspects and releasing little information.

    Police received a 911 phone call from Raven Abaroa about an injured person at the house on the night of April 26. Abaroa told police that he had returned home from playing in a pickup soccer game and checked first on his son, who was unharmed, but then discovered his wife's body.

    Among the items seized from the residence with a search warrant were a block of knives, and the husband's 1998 Dodge Durango . Inside the Durango was found a knife in a case and a pawn shop ticket.

    In early May, police asked a judge for permission to examine the Durango a second time. Durham police Cpl. B.E. Bradley was granted a warrant to search the vehicle again, and the warrant states that information disclosed during an interview with Raven Abaroa suggests that "further scientific testing is needed" to determine the relationship of the vehicle to the homicide.

    The case received nationwide attention on a May 16 episode of attorney Greta Van Susteren's Fox News program "On the Record," during which she interviewed Durham reporter Eric Olson of the Herald Sun, who has been covering the Abaroa case, as well as Los Angeles Police Department detective Mark Fuhrman.

    As of July 5, Michaels said that no charges have been filed and that the murder is considered a "very active case" with an ongoing investigation.

    Michaels reported a resurgence of media attention on the murder after two months had passed and was scheduled to appear on two televised broadcasts on July 5.

    While the police department is able to release very little information on the case, Michaels did reveal that "it does appear that this [crime] was not random."

    A scholarship has been established in Abaroa's memory at SVU, called the Janet Christiansen Abaroa Pioneer Scholarship, to benefit a student-athlete on the women's soccer team.

    News 14 Carolina
    July 6, 2005

    Police continue to search for suspects in death of Durham Woman

    http://rdu.news14.com/content/your_news/durhamchap el_hill/?SecID=42&ArID=71722

    Police are still trying to solve the mysterious death of a Durham woman killed two months ago.

    Officers found Janet Abaroa stabbed to death in her west Durham home on April 26th.

    Abaroa, her husband and young son lived in the house.

    Police are still looking for suspects.

    Officers found Janet Abaroa stabbed to death in her west Durham home on April 26th.
    "What our investigation has shown so far is that we don't believe this was a random act of violence but at this time no charges have been filed and any information would be helpful, said Kammie Michaels of the Durham Police Department.

    If you have information on Janet Abaroa's death, call Durham CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

     

    Herald-Sun
    June 11, 2005

    Victim's husband to get hearing Spouse accused of Embezzlement

    http://www.herald-sun.com/archives/search.html

    Victim's husband to get hearing - Spouse is accused of embezzlement

    While Durham police detectives continue to investigate the April murder of Janet Abaroa, attorneys met Friday to discuss fraud charges her husband is facing in Orange County. Orange County Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Perez said she met with Julian Mack to discuss details of five counts of embezzlement his client, Raven Abaroa, is facing.

    The pair set a hearing for July 22, Perez said. "Hopefully, by that day I will know whether I will indict him or if we will do some kind of plea," she said. "But there is no offer on the table right now."

     

    ABC Channel 11 Eyewitness News
    June 3, 2005

    New Video Surfaces of Abaroas

    http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=triangle& amp;id=3127909

    The 25-year-old mother was found stabbed to death inside her Ferrand Drive home on April 26.

    Investigators have not revealed any suspects. They say it was not a random crime and the public is not in any danger.

    Eyewitness News has new video of the Abaroas, giving us a glimpse into their life before Janet Abaroa was murdered. In a 2003 Christmas video card on the Internet, we see Janet and her husband, Raven, goofing off. A seemingly bashful Janet twirls for the camera, showing off new clothes, then Raven jokes about being in the South.

    "I got myself a buck knife, too. In case you ever come across a deer and you want to take some of it home," he said. "That's my new knife. I got it for Christmas. I bought it myself. My dad would be very proud of me."

    Police have searched Raven Abaroa's SUV and the couple's home. He has moved out of the house. The couple's 6-month-old son, Kaiden, is staying with his father and other relatives.

     

    WRAL NEWS
    May 24, 2005

    Family Remembers Slain Durham Woman as Quiet

    Video Link Below:

    http://www.wral.com/video/4527260/detail.html

    Family Remembers Slain Durham Woman As Quiet, Graceful

    In its first public interview since the death of Janet Abaroa, the 25-year-old's family talks with WRAL's Julia Lewis about their loss. Abaroa was found brutally murdered almost one month ago at her Durham home.

     

     

    ABC Channel 11 Eyewitness News
    May 6, 2005

    Funeral Scheduled for Murdered Durham Woman

    http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=triangle&am p;id=3048641

    Funeral Scheduled for Murdered Durham Woman

    Eyewitness News

    (05/06/05 -- DURHAM ) - Family and friends will gather Saturday to remember a young Durham mother who was murdered in her home.

    The first service for Janet Abaroa will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Buena Vista , Virginia . That's where the woman attended college.

    A second service is scheduled for Monday at a church in her hometown of Annandale , Virginia .

    Abaroa's husband says he came home April 26 and found her stabbed to death. Investigators have not publicly named any suspects.

     

    ABC Channel 11 Eyewitness News
    May 5, 2005

    Funeral Arrangements Made for Young Durham Mother

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    Funeral Arrangements Made for Young Durham Mother
    Eyewitness News

    (05/05/05 - DURHAM) - The Durham mother killed inside her home last week will be laid to rest Saturday.

    A funeral service will be held for Janet Abaroa in Beuna Vista , Virginia , where she attended Southern Virginia University. A memorial service is also planned in her hometown of Annandale , Virginia on Monday.

    A trust fund is being established for Abaroa's 6-month old son, Kaiden. Abaroa's husband, Raven, found her in their Ferrand Drive home last Tuesday. She had been stabbed to death.

    Police have not made any arrest in the stabbing, but do say the crime was not random.

     

    The News & Observer
    May 3, 2005

    Police ask to examine vehicle again

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    Police ask to examine vehicle again
    'Relationship' to slaying sought

    By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Staff Writer

    DURHAM -- Police say a Durham woman found dead in her home last week was stabbed, and a search warrant indicates that investigators wanted to further examine the family's SUV to determine the vehicle's "relationship" to the homicide.

    Janet Abaroa, 25, was found April 26 inside a bedroom at her residence at 2606 Ferrand Drive . About 11 p.m., police received a 911 call about an injured person at the house.

    Police have named no suspects, and no charges have been filed.

    "Nothing in the investigation so far indicates that the homicide was a random act," Kammie Michael, a Durham Police Department spokeswoman, said in a news release Monday. "Investigators are still looking into several possibilities."

    On Thursday, Durham police Cpl. B.E. Bradley was granted to a warrant to search a 1998 Dodge Durango belonging to Raven Abaroa, the victim's husband. The warrant indicates that the day before, police had searched the SUV and the home the couple rented in western Durham off Sparger Road .

    After police interviewed Raven Abaroa earlier on Thursday, they asked a judge for permission to search the vehicle for evidence a second time, the warrant said.

    "Information disclosed during that interview has suggested that further scientific testing is needed to determine the relationship of the vehicle to the homicide," the warrant said.

    Janet and Raven Abaroa would have celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in August, according to family members. Their only child, a boy, is 6 months old.

    Staff writer Michael Biesecker can be reached at 956-2421 or mbieseck@newsobserver.com.

     

     

    ABC Channel 11 Eyewitness News
    May 3, 2005

    Officers Took Knives, Scissors for Murdered Woman's Home

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    Officers Took Knives, Scissors for Murdered Woman's Home

    Anthony Wilson

    (05/03/05 -- DURHAM) - Durham investigators took knives and scissors from Janet Abaroa's home after discovering the young mother's lifeless body, according to a search warrant obtained by Eyewitness News.

    The 25-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in her Ferrand Drive home last Tuesday night.

    Investigators say that it was not a random crime.

    The warrant says the victim's husband, Raven Abaroa, called police to "report a gunshot wound." Officers arrived and found his wife's body on the floor of a bedroom with what appeared to a stab wound in her chest.

    The search warrant lists items police collected from the Abaroa's home, including what's described as a "block of knives" and a knife with a case. Officers also took a "complete set of scissors."

    Police also are reexamining the couple's SUV after interviewing Raven Abaroa last week. Officers found it parked on the side of the couple' home during their initial investigation at the scene.

    Raven Abaroa and other family members are caring for the couple's 6-month-old son, Kaiden.

    Police ask anyone with information to call Durham Crimestoppers at 683-1200.

     

     

    WRAL News
    May 3, 2005

    Search Warrant Reveals Details In Stabbing Of Durham Woman

    http://www.wral.com/news/4443707/detail.html

    Search Warrant Reveals Details In Stabbing Of Durham Woman

    Authorities Take Knives, Financial Items From House
    POSTED: 11:46 am EDT May 3, 2005
    UPDATED: 6:33 pm EDT May 3, 2005

    DURHAM, N.C. -- A search warrant is revealing more details about the case of a young mother stabbed to death.

    http://www.wral.com/slideshow/news/4444879/detail .html

    When the 911 call came in last Tuesday, police thought they were responding to a shooting. After officers got to the house on Ferrand Drive, Janet Abaroa's husband, Raven, told them his wife was upstairs hurt.


    Authorities found the 25-year-old mother on the bedroom floor. According to police, she had been stabbed in the chest. Court papers show there were large amounts of blood on the floor, on the wall and near a side door of the home.

    Investigators stayed on the scene nearly 24 hours collecting evidence. Some of the items seized include a block of knives, financial items, including a checkbook and loan papers and a cell phone. Police searched the couple's Dodge Durango , where they found a knife and a pawn shop ticket.

    Authorities also collected soil samples from the SUV and took swabbings from various locations in the house. They also took the clothes Abaroa's husband had been wearing.

    Police will not say if they have any suspects in the case or a motive, but they are saying it was not a random murder.

    Abaroa's husband retained an attorney late last week. WRAL spoke with members of Abaroa's family Friday. They said the couple was very much in love with each other and their 6-month-old son.

    Reporter: Julia Lewis
    Photographer: Don Ingle
    OnLine Producer: Kamal Wallace

     

     

    News 14 Carolina
    May 3, 2005

    Police say woman was stabbed to death

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    SecID=42&ArID=68495

    Police say woman was stabbed to death
    Updated: 5/3/2005 10:35 AM
    By: News 14 Carolina Staff

    Janet Abaroa and her son, Kaiden. Picture from the family's website: RavensTree.com

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    Durham police now say a woman found dead in her home last week was stabbed to death.

    Officers responded last week to Ferrand Drive in western Durham and found the body of Janet Abaroa, 25. She was stabbed to death.

    Investigators also said there's no indication so far that the homicide was a random act.

    If you have information about a possible suspect or the circumstances surrounding Janet Abaroa's death, you can call CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

     

     

    NBC 17
    May 2, 2005

    Police: Young Mother's Slaying Not Random

    http://www.nbc17.com/news/4438913/detail.html

    Police: Young Mother's Slaying Not Random
    POSTED: 11:45 am EDT May 2, 2005
    UPDATED: 11:54 am EDT May 2, 2005

    DURHAM, N.C. -- A young mother who was killed in her west Durham home last week was stabbed to death, police said Monday.

    Police also said the slaying of 25-year-old Janet Abaroa doesn't appear to be random violence.

    "Nothing in the investigation so far indicates that the homicide was a random act," Durham Police Department spokeswoman Kammie Michael said in a statement.

    Officers found Abaroa's body in her home on Ferrand Road at about 11 p.m. April 26 after they were alerted by the woman's co-workers.
    No charges have been filed in the case, and investigators are still looking into several possibilities, Michael said.

    Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Durham Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at (919) 560-4440 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

     

     

    ABC Channel 11 Eyewitness News
    May 2, 2005

    New Details in Death of Durham Woman

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    New Details in Death of Durham Woman
    Eyewitness News

    (05/02/05 - DURHAM ) - Durham police have released new details surrounding the death of a young Durham mother.

    Janet Abaroa was found inside her Ferrand Drive home last Tuesday night. Monday police revealed that she was stabbed to death.

    Family members tell Eyewitness News that her husband, Raven, went to a soccer game that night and found his wife's body when he got home. As police continue their investigation, they say there are no clues to indicate the 25-year-old's homicide was a random act.
    No charges have been filed and investigators are still looking into several possibilities.

    The couple has a 6-month old son, Kaiden, who's being cared for by Raven and other family members. Anyone with relevant information to the investigation is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 683-1200.

     

     

    The News & Observer
    April 29, 2005

    Woman's Family Mourns

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    By SAMIHA KHANNA, Staff Writer

    DURHAM -- For the second time, Dena Kendall is mourning a beautiful, kind-hearted sister lost to an untimely death.

    The first was her older sister, Gaynelle Christiansen, who died at age 16 from leukemia.

    Now, Kendall, 38, and her seven younger siblings are lamenting the loss of a second sister, Janet Abaroa.
    Abaroa, 25, was found dead late Tuesday inside a bedroom at her residence at 2606 Ferrand Drive .

    Police have named no suspects and did not release new information in the case Thursday, but family members said Abaroa had been stabbed.

    "We're just so confused and can't believe it," Kendall said in a telephone interview.

    On Wednesday, Abaroa's 6-month-old son and her husband, Raven, were in the care of friends and fellow members of a Mormon church in Durham , Kendall said.
    Janet and Raven Abaroa were together nearly seven years and would have celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in August, Kendall said.

    When the victim's parents tried to speak to Raven Abaroa by phone this week, the only words he could utter were so grief-stricken that they were incoherent, she said.

    The couple met at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista , Va. , where Janet Abaroa was a midfielder for the soccer team, Kendall said.

    Amanda Forson, 24, knows Janet Abaroa's family through their church group in Annandale , Va. She recalled the couple's happy wedding day.

    "They were in love. It was the way they acted together," Forson said by telephone Thursday. "Janet was quiet, but around Raven, she seemed to open up."
    The couple was ecstatic about their first child, and Raven Abaroa even created a Web site so family members could note each of the baby's important feats -- a swim in the pool, a hike in the park. The site had been updated with family photos and notes as recently as Monday.

    But even before Janet Abaroa's death, the couple's auspicious start was tainted by trouble.

    Both worked at Eurosport, a sporting goods company in Hillsborough. Janet and Raven Abaroa left their jobs in January after Hillsborough police charged Raven with embezzling more than $9,000 from the company, according to arrest warrants. He is scheduled to appear in court on five felony embezzlement charges in June.

    The lapse in income led their landlord to offer two months' free rent, and their church helped to pay for a third month, their landlord, Peter Greijn of Referral Realty, said Wednesday.

    Janet Abaroa found work again quickly, and her husband had gotten several job offers, Kendall said.
    Eventually, the couple had planned to move back to northern Virginia , where Janet Abaroa would be close to her family.

    Now, the family may decide to bring Janet Abaroa home to Virginia so she may lie in peace beside her sister, Gaynelle.

    Staff writer Samiha Khanna can be reached at 956-2468 or skhanna@newsobserver.com.

     

    WRAL News
    April 29, 2005

    Durham Police Tightlipped About Woman's Murder

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    Durham Police Tightlipped About Woman's Murder
    Janet Abaroa Found Dead Inside Durham Home Late Tuesday

    POSTED: 11:55 am EDT April 29, 2005
    UPDATED: 7:53 am EDT May 2, 2005

    DURHAM, N.C. -- Police in Durham are piecing together clues to a murder. Officers said someone killed a young mother in her home late Tuesday night.

    Police got a 911 call late Tuesday night that someone in the house was injured. When they got there though, they found 25-year-old Janet Abaroa dead in a bedroom.

    Investigators spent nearly 24 hours on the scene, collecting evidence and talking with neighbors. However, police are not talking much at all, saying they don't want to hinder the investigation.

    Abaroa went to high school and college in Virginia . Her family said she was an avid soccer player and a devout Mormon. She and her husband have an infant son, Kaiden.

    WRAL has learned Abaroa and her husband, Raven, had been going through money problems recently. Their landlord let them live rent-free for the last two months after they lost their jobs. The landlord said they had found new jobs and were getting back on their feet.

    In February, Raven Abaroa was charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from his former employer, Eurosport in Hillsborough.

    Police have not said if they have any suspects in the case.

    Reporter: Julia Lewis
    Photographer: Don Ingle
    OnLine Producer: Kamal Wallace

     

     

    ABC Channel 11 Eyewitness News
    April 28, 2005

    Few Clues in Murder of Durham Mother


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    Few Clues in Murder of Durham Mother
    Darla Miles

    (04/28/05 -- DURHAM ) - Mystery surrounds this week's murder of a young Durham mother.

    Janet Abaroa was found dead late Tuesday night in her Ferrand Drive home. Family members tell Eyewitness News that her husband, Raven, went to a soccer game and found his wife's body when he got home.

    Eyewitness News was there Thursday night as Durham police officers collected more evidence. Investigators removed a car from Abaroa's house.

    She had a 6-month old son, Kaiden. A family Web site shows the Abaroas playing with the baby. One picture of Raven holding Kaiden is among the most recent photos, posted just this weekend.

    The couple had been married almost five years. They met while playing soccer at Southern Virginia University, where Janet Abaroa was an All-American.
    It was their love of soccer, according to family members, that led Raven to go to a soccer game Tuesday night. When he returned, he went to Kaiden's room and kissed him good night. Raven discovered his wife's body moments later in another part of the house, according to one of his brothers.

    Durham police have not identified a suspect, and they have not said exactly how the woman was murdered.

    Raven Abaroa and other family members are caring for Kaiden.

     

    The News & Observer
    April 28, 2005

    Woman's Body Found in Home

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    Woman's body found in home
    Durham police start homicide inquiry

    By SAMIHA KHANNA, Staff Writer

    DURHAM -- A 6-month-old boy was left without his mother Wednesday as police investigated the slaying of 25-year-old Janet Abaroa in her western Durham home.
    Durham police were called to 2606 Ferrand Drive off Sparger Road about 11 p.m. Tuesday, said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

    The 911 caller said someone inside the three-bedroom home was injured, Michael said. Medics arrived to find Abaroa in a bedroom and pronounced her dead at the scene, Michael said.

    Police are treating the death as a homicide but wouldn't say Wednesday how Abaroa died. They spent the day combing the house, its gravel driveway and the wooded yard of the secluded property.

    Police had made no arrests and no charges had been filed Wednesday, Michael said.

    Abaroa and her husband had lived in the house since August, just before Abaroa had her baby, said their landlord, Peter Greijn of Referral Realty in Raleigh .
    She had just gotten a job in bookkeeping at Martin Marietta Materials in Raleigh , Greijn said. The company manufactures construction materials. The victim's husband, Raven Abaroa, worked in sales, he said.

    Greijn saw the couple last week to talk about their rental agreement. They said they loved the neighborhood and had found a great baby sitter, Greijn said.

    Abaroa, who grew up in Annandale , Va. , and her husband were avid soccer players.

    On Wednesday, students and faculty at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista , Va. , were remembering Abaroa, a strong student and star on the small university's first women's soccer team, former coach Joe Bouchelle said.

    "She worked hard," Bouchelle said. "She was an incredible athlete."

    Anyone with information in the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 683-1200.

    Staff writer Samiha Khanna can be reached at 956-2468 or skhanna@newsobserver.com.

     

     

    NBC 17
    April 27, 2005

    Slain Durham Woman Leaves 6-Month-Old Child Behind

    http://www.nbc17.com/news/4421425/detail.html

    Husband 's Whereabouts Unknown
    POSTED: 11:35 am EDT April 27, 2005
    UPDATED: 5:54 pm EDT April 27, 2005

    DURHAM, N.C. -- Durham police are investigating the death of a young mother whose body was found in a home on Ferrand Road Tuesday night.

    Officers were called to the home at about 11 p.m. and discovered the body of 25-year-old Janet Abaroa.

    One of Abaroa's co-workers e-mailed her, and when she failed to respond, she and other co-workers went to check on her.

    Abaroa's husband wasn't at the crime scene, and police had no word on his whereabouts as of Wednesday evening. Police haven't disclosed whether they believe the slaying was the result of a domestic dispute.

    Police said the Abaroa's 6-month-old child is being cared for by a church pastor.

    Neighbors said they were stunned by the violent crime in a quiet area of west Durham .

    "My heart was racing, think, 'OK, who could it be?'" Theresa Samulski told NBC-17. "I know everybody (in the neighborhood), but I don't know them. I walk my dogs every day and I talk to everybody, but I haven't seen them at all."

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Durham Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at (919) 560-4440 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

     

     

    News 14 Carolina
    April 27, 2005

    Police Investigate Homicide

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    Police investigate homicide
    Updated: 4/27/2005 3:55 PM
    By: Durham Police Department

    Durham police are investigating a homicide that occurred late Tuesday on Ferrand Drive in western Durham.

    Officers responded to 2606 Ferrand Drive shortly before 11 p.m. and found the body of a female inside the house. The female - Janet Abaroa, 25, of 2606 Ferrand Drive - was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators have not released the cause of death, but the death is being investigated as a homicide.

    No charges have been filed and no further information is available at this time.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator B.E. Bradley at 919-560-4440, ext. 273 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.

     

    WRAL News
    April 27, 2005

    Police Investigating Possible Homicide

    http://www.officer.com/news/IBS/wral/news-2689205.html

    DURHAM , N.C. -- Police are still investigating a death of a Durham mother.

    According to police, they received a call around 11 p.m. Tuesday. When police arrived, they found the body of Janet Abaroa, 25, in one of the bedrooms at a house on Ferrand Road .

    Neighbors say Abaroa and her husband, Raven, had recently moved into the neighborhood and they knew little about them. They described the couple, which recently had a baby, as quiet.

    Investigators have not released the cause of death, but the death is being investigated as a homicide. No charges have been filed.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at (919) 560-4440 or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200.