The Orange County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday the deaths of two teens whose bodies were found outside Hillsborough last weekend.
Court officials have filed a juvenile petition against an unnamed 17-year-old, who will be charged with two murders, according to a press release.
“Through the hard work of investigators, along with the assistance of staff from many other law enforcement agencies, we have identified the suspect in this case,” Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in a statement. “We will now work with local, state and federal authorities to apprehend the suspect and bring him into the court system.”
First-degree murder is a first-degree felony, and in North Carolina, those who commit this crime at ages 16 and 17 are no longer automatically charged as adults.
If there is a probable cause or indictment of an event, the District Court judge will refer the case to the Supreme Court for determination.
Blackwood and the sheriff’s office are investigating the deaths of Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, who were found dead on the Buckhorn Road area outside Hillsboro, around 3 p.m. Sunday.
Local high school students were shot, and the sheriff’s office launched a murder investigation. Investigators are still waiting for the government medical examiner’s office to officially confirm their identities and cause of death.
“Although there is no such confirmation yet, in the absence of any other missing persons matching the descriptions of the individuals found, the tragic but logical outcome is increasingly clear,” Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in a press release Monday.
What we know
When was Lyric and Devin last seen? Their families reported that the two young men were missing before their bodies were found on Sunday.
Her stepfather Woods was last seen around 11 p.m. Friday at their home in Ifland, according to a missing persons report submitted Saturday around noon to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Her stepfather said he learned Woods was missing around 10 a.m. Saturday when he went to wake her up, according to the report.
A copy of Clark’s missing persons report released by the Mipane Police Department said he was last seen around 11 p.m. Friday, but provided few other details. The report was submitted on Sunday around 11:25 a.m.
Who found their bodies? Two men riding four-wheelers found the teens on Sunday before 3 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.
ABC11, news-gathering partner The News & Observer, reported that they were found near a power line easement in the Buckhorn Road area outside Hillsborough. The site is located about two miles from the house where Woods was last seen.
A memorial with crosses, candles, lights, and other items has been set up at the site by community members, friends, and family.
On Monday evening, a memorial service was held for Clark at Eastern Alamance High School.
How can people help catch the killer(s) or give information? Anyone with potential information about the case is asked to contact Detective Keith Goodwin at the Sheriff’s Office at 919-245-2918.
Their office is working with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, the Evland Fire Department, the Burlington Police Department, the FBI and the state’s Highway Patrol Snake Unit, according to a statement Tuesday.
Woods’ grandfather, Stan Dean, is also offering a reward of $10,000 to anyone with information about those responsible for her death.
The records, including the 911 calls and the case’s incident report, will not be released to the public or the media until after the mayor’s approval and a full investigation, according to Kevin Medellin, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.
Who were Lyric Woods and Devin Clark?
What schools are Lyric and Devin attended? Woods was a ninth grader at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, and Clark was a sophomore at Eastern Alamance High School.
The sheriff’s office did not say whether the two students knew each other, though several posts from friends and family on social media say they were friends.
Clark was a wide receiver for the Eastern Alamance football team, according to a statement from the Alamance-Burlington School System.
In addition to Cedar Ridge, Woods attended Gravelly Hill Middle School and Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary, according to the school district.
How can people help their families? By Tuesday afternoon, two GoFundMe pages had raised more than $40,000 to help families of teens pay for funerals.
The Friends of Woods family created this sure GoFundMe.
Aunt Clark organized a GoFundMe page for him.
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