Two North Carolina teens have been found dead after being reported missing over the weekend, according to local authorities.
Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, were found dead on a hiking trail in Orange County, North Carolina.
People magazine reported that the bodies of Woods and Clark had gunshot wounds at the time they were found by police authorities.
The bodies of the teenagers were initially located by men riding ATVs on the hiking trail during the afternoon hours of Sunday, September 18.
“Family members reported Lyric missing Saturday afternoon to the Orange County Sheriff’s office. Clark’s family contacted the Mebane Police Department on Sunday with concerns about his whereabouts,” said a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
A person who lives near the crime scene told ABC 11 News that he heard something unusual a couple of days ago.
“I heard about ten shots like with an automatic pistol and then five more shots were heard. I thought, ‘Who is shooting so late at night?’” said David White.
Investigators in charge of the case told ABC 11 News that Lyric Woods and Devin Clark knew each other. However, the relationship between the young people was not specified.
Woods was a student at Cedar Ridge High School, while Clark was a student at Eastern Alamance High School.
The bodies of the two teenagers were sent to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the official cause of their deaths, according to information reviewed by FOX 17 News.
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Authorities identified a suspect.
The Law & Crime website reported that law enforcement authorities have identified a suspect in the murder of Lyric Woods and Devin Clark.
Investigators in charge of the case said they are seeking a “juvenile petition” to charge a 17-year-old with two counts of first-degree murder.
“Through the hard work of my investigators, along with the assistance of personnel from many other law enforcement agencies, we have identified a suspect in this case. We will now work with local, state and federal authorities to apprehend and bring the suspect to the justice system,” said Sheriff Charles Blackwood of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Law enforcement authorities declined to provide additional details about what may have triggered the 17-year-old’s attack on Woods and Clark.
Relatives of the victims call for justice
Devin Clark’s mother told ABC 11 News that she will not rest until justice is served for her son’s brutal murder.
“He never hurt anyone, so for them to do so you need to have answers. I want justice to be done and I don’t care where I have to go, what I have to do or who I have to talk to, I’m going to move on,” said Tiffany Concepcion, Clark’s mother.
The authorities in charge of the investigation urged anyone with relevant information about the case to contact Detective Keith Goodwin through the telephone number 919-245-2918.