Woman found dead at Durham baseball field was stabbed more than 60 times

North Carolina
Alicia Elder Durham Stabbing Victim

A 50-year-old woman found dead in a Durham baseball field had 138 sharp-force injuries, including 61 stab wounds, according to her autopsy.

Alicia Elder was found dead in the field on Jan. 29, 2018. The autopsy said she had 31 stab wounds in her head and neck, 20 on her torso, six around her upper-left extremity, and four on her right upper extremity. That adds to 61 stab wounds with a maximum depth of five and a quarter inches. 

One of the stab wounds on her neck injured the right carotid artery. Four of the stab wounds injured her right lung. Another injury to the head and neck injured the third and fourth cervical vertebrae and the vertebral artery, the report said. 

There was no alcohol detected in her system, per the toxicology report.

Michael Anthony Person, 55, was arrested the same week and charged with Elder’s murder. Investigators said at the time said it didn’t appear to be a random act.

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