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Police: Man believed dead after disappearing from Winston-Salem. 27-year-old charged in his killing.
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Police: Man believed dead after disappearing from Winston-Salem. 27-year-old charged in his killing.

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A man arrested at the airport in Charlotte on Wednesday is accused of killing a Winston-Salem man on the day the victim was reported missing four months ago.

Damien A. Quiterio-Morrison, 27, who authorities say has no permanent address, is charged with murder and concealment of death in connection with the slaying of Isaiah Trayvon Mitchell, 23, of Brannigan Village Drive in Winston-Salem, according to arrest warrants.

Police are still looking to recover Mitchell’s body. The search is ongoing, police said.

Quiterio-Morrison was arrested at Charlotte Douglas International Airport by Winston-Salem police detectives, U.S. Marshals, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Quiterio-Morrison is accused of killing Mitchell on May 22, the day Mitchell was reported missing, according to police and a warrant. Quiterio-Morrison also is accused of concealing Mitchell’s body on May 22.

Evidence showed that Mitchell’s death was unnatural, the warrant said.

Quiterio-Morrison was being held Thursday in the Mecklenburg County jail with his bond set at $200,000, court records show. Quiterio-Morrison is required to provide his fingerprints and a DNA sample.

Quiterio-Morrison is scheduled to appear Oct. 29 in Forsyth District Court.

Winston-Salem police detectives filed nine search warrants in May in connection with the search for Mitchell.

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Judge David Hall of Forsyth Superior Court signed orders sealing all search warrants because detectives and prosecutors with the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office argued that making the search warrants public would hurt the integrity of an active investigation and hurt any chances for a fair and impartial trial, court records show.

Detective Michael Ognosky obtained search warrants for phone records and video records, according to Hall’s orders. Detective K.W. Wilson obtained search warrants for two homes.

One home is unidentified in Hall’s order. Another is identified as a house on Silver Chalice Drive.

Winston-Salem police began investigating Mitchell’s disappearance after he missed scheduled appointments and an associate, concerned for his well-being, called police for help May 22.

Mitchell was last seen about 2 a.m. the same day, police said. At that time, Mitchell was driving a silver 2016 Dodge Charger.

Investigators gathered evidence to suggest Mitchell was involved in a fight shortly after he was last seen, police said. Detectives said they have evidence that indicates that Mitchell is dead and that the manner of his death was murder.

Investigators recovered Mitchell’s silver Dodge Charger and are trying to find his body, police said.

Mitchell’s death is the city’s 14th homicide in 2021, bringing this year’s total number of homicides in Winston-Salem to 27, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to call Winston-Salem police at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers, either at 336-727-2800 or its Spanish language line at 336-728-3904. Crime Stoppers of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County also is on Facebook.

The Text-A-Tip program at 336-276-1717 allows people to anonymously text tips, photos, and videos to Winston-Salem police.

Journal reporter Michael Hewlett contributed to this story.

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