Durham, N.C. — Durham police launched a suspicious death investigation Monday after the body of 26-year-old Bartley Herren was found behind a home.
Herren’s girlfriend, Ryanne Allocca, found the body in a ditch behind 901 Vickers Avenue, next door to the Greystone Inn, she told WRAL News.
Allocca said she left her car with Herren when she went out of town for a few days last week.
“On Monday, I get a phone call saying my car had been in an accident,” Allocca said. “I called the police to find out what was going on (and) they said the guy took off running.”
She said she doesn’t know why Herren ran from the scene of the crash, but it could be because of a medical condition. She did not elaborate.
When she couldn’t get in touch with Herren, Allocca said she flew home Thursday and filed a missing person’s report with Durham police. Then she spent three days searching a wooded area near the crash site.