09/27/09 — Teen found dead in Duplin trailer

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Teen found dead in Duplin trailer

By Nelson Bland
Published in News on September 27, 2009 2:00 AM

ALBERTSON -- The death of a 17-year-old male whose body was found early Friday morning by a roommate is being investigated by the Duplin County Sheriff's Office as a homicide until more information can be obtained, including an autopsy report, Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace said Friday afternoon.

Due to the ongoing investigation few details were released.

The victim was identified as Kener Barahona, a farm laborer, Wallace said.

The name of the roommate was not released because the investigation was still under way.

Wallace said Barahona was found dead in a mobile home that he shared with a male roommate at 634 Guy Sanderson Road in this rural northern Duplin County farming community.

Sheriff's officials said a window at the mobile home had been broken out, but it was not clear if that was related to the death.

Barahona's roommate, who had been away "for a while," came home to find Barahona deceased, Wallace said.

Barahona's brother, whose name also was not released, told authorities that he had talked with Barahona on Monday, and Barahona told him at that time that he (Barahona) was walking back from a friend's house, sheriff's officials said.

Wallace said Barahona had been living in the Albertson area for a few weeks.

The sheriff's office is conducting a "death investigation" in the matter and there are "no suspects yet," Wallace said. He said more details could not be released until the investigation is complete.

"We are treating the death as a possible homicide until we learn more," Wallace said.

"We should hear from the autopsy sometime over the weekend. We won't have any more information as to the cause of death until we receive the autopsy results."