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Posted on: July 3, 2018

Durham Police Charge Man for July 2 Homicide

Durham Police Charge Man for July 2 Homicide 


DURHAM, N.C. - Durham Police Department investigators have made an arrest in a homicide that stemmed from a welfare check on July 2, 2018, in the 2400 block of Camellia Drive.


Philip Montanino, 49, of Alamance County, has been charged with the murder of 59-year-old Elizabeth Watson. He was placed in the Durham County jail today without bond. Montanino was also charged with larceny of a motor vehicle.


Officers were dispatched to Watson’s residence on Camellia Drive shortly before noon on July 2. Upon arrival, officers discovered a deceased female, later identified as Watson.


A death investigation led to Montanino’s arrest. The incident is not considered to be random; Montanino and Watson were associates.


Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator T. Heulsman at (919) 724-3861 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.

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