Cold Case Homicide – Jay Aaron Foust
Durham police investigators are asking for information about the May 2019 murder of 46-year-old Jay Aaron Foust. Foust, a security guard, was found shot to death in an alleyway at 407 North Mangum Street at 2:49 a.m. on May 21, 2019.
Further investigation showed that just before the homicide was reported a dark-colored, older model truck parked in front of the 400 block of East Chapel Street, a short distance from the location where Foust was found. A passenger got out of the truck, walked down an alleyway toward the victim and fired several shots. The driver remained inside the truck. After the shooting, the suspect ran back through the alley and got in the truck. The truck was last seen going west on East Chapel Hill Street.
A witness told investigators they believed the driver of the truck had dreadlocks. The passenger, who shot the victim, was described as a black male with a thin to medium build. He was wearing a dark colored hoodie, jeans and light-colored shoes with white soles.
Investigators have identified the suspect vehicle as a black 1991 Ford F150 single cab pickup truck with tinted windows. It had two unknown stickers on the left side of the rear window and another unknown sticker in the middle of the rear window. The top of the truck had faded paint and the power steering pump whined loudly. It was last seen with an orange traffic cone and other materials in the bed.
Investigators also identified the last known person who was in possession of the suspect vehicle as Darius Allen Jr., who died last year in a traffic crash. The truck itself has not yet been located by police.
Anyone with information, particularly about the suspects and the location of the suspect vehicle, is asked to call Investigator I. Harton at (919) 698-7610 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.