Unsolved Homicide - Cesar Yanez-Ortiz

Durham Police Department homicide investigators are asking for information about the 2016 murder of Cesar Yanez-Ortiz in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 3800 block of Guess Road.

Yanez-Ortiz, who was 24 years old when he died, had just returned home from grocery shopping shortly after 11 p.m. on November 29, 2016. As he and his family were unloading groceries, a black male wearing a white hoodie and blue jeans approached him. The male shot Yanez-Ortiz twice in front of his family members before running away. He was last seen on Horton Road.

Investigators believe robbery may be a possible motive for the murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the DPD’s Homicide Cold Case tip line at (919) 560-4118, CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200 or the DPD’s Criminal Investigations Division at (919) 560-4440. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

Cesar Yanez-Ortiz