THE chilling disappearance of two teenagers has left a small community shocked as troubling clues emerge, from suspicious gunshots to a mysterious passenger who may be the last to see them.
Two bodies believed to be ninth grader Lyric Woods, 14, and high school football star Devin Clark, 18, were found Sunday hours after suddenly disappearing in North Carolina.
Two men reportedly discovered the remains on a power line around 3pm Sunday afternoon as they rode their four-wheeled bicycles and alerted police.
“As a parent, I can’t imagine the agony of waiting for confirmation of the victims’ identities,” Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said.
“The process is important and crucial in leading us to the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime.
“I ask for your patience while we, along with other investigative agencies, do the work necessary to find justice for the victims and their families.”
As both grieving families await coroner’s identification, a number of chilling clues have come to light.
A neighbor, David White, who lives near where the bodies were found, said he heard strange noises in the area just a few days ago.
“I heard almost 10 shots fired like an automatic weapon and I paused a little and five more shots went off,” White told ABC affiliate WTVD.
“I thought, ‘Who’s filming this late at night?’
CLOSE TO HOME
The location where the two bodies were found on Buckhorn Road was about two and a half miles from Wood’s home.
According to a Facebook post made before the murky discovery, Woods had apparently left home and her parents were unable to contact her.
Her stepfather discovered she had left everything in her bedroom when he tried to wake her on Saturday morning except an iPad, and her parents don’t believe she ran away, WRAL reported.
During the frantic search, investigators checked hunting stands, trails and used K-9s to search for the missing teenager.
Based on her pillowcase, it was reportedly determined that Woods left her family home and traveled through the woods.
A resident told police officers they saw Woods driving through the area in a vehicle around 3am on Saturday – but deputies believe someone took her.
On Sunday, a body believed to be hers was discovered by another group of remains. Her cell phone, iPad and laptop were used as evidence.
POSSIBLE foul play
As the investigation continues, Sheriff Blackwood believes the preliminary evidence points to the students being killed in a possible homicide, Fox News reported.
However, North Carolina’s Medical Examiner’s Office is still working to establish an official cause of death.
The sheriff’s office said no further information would be released until the coroner determined a cause of death and an official identification.
The bodies were confirmed to be a white woman and a black man, both of whom appeared to be less than 20 years old.
NO ENTRY REQUIRED
Deputies said there was no evidence of a forced entry into the Woods home.
The girl’s parents also said they found the back door unlocked Saturday morning.
Woods’ grandfather offered a $10,000 reward to anyone with information about her disappearance, WRAL reported.
Family members suspect the two teenagers got into a car with a third person hours before they disappeared, WRAL reported.
“Who is strong enough to carry two bodies and throw them away?” asked Clark’s mother, Tiffany Concepcion. “We want answers.”
“I will keep fighting for answers.”
Sheriff Blackwood noted, “While we do not yet have this confirmation, the tragic but logical conclusion is becoming clearer as no other missing persons match descriptions of those found.”
“This loss is devastating for the families and friends of the victims and indeed for the entire community.”
grief of families
Both families created GoFundMe pages to help meet funeral expenses, describing Woods as an “amazing young wife, daughter, sister and friend” and Clark as an “athlete” who loved his family.
Police say Woods, who attended Cedar Ridge High School, and Clark, a senior at Eastern Alamance High School, were acquaintances.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of our student Lyric Isabella Woods, a ninth grader at Cedar Ridge High School,” the Orange County Schools said in a statement.
“Our hearts go out to Lyric’s entire family and everyone who knew them, including many from Orange High, Gravelly Hill Middle and Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary.”
Students at Wood’s school wore T-shirts with their names on them, and a balloon launch was planned later in the week to honor their memory.
Counselors were made available at schools Monday by Orange County Schools to help students and staff.
Both teenagers were honored with a minute’s silence at a soccer match between their schools.
“Last weekend, Eastern Alamance grad student Devin Clark and Cedar Ridge grad student Lyric Woods tragically died, the announcer said before the game.
“Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers.”
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