A 17-year-old was charged with murder on Tuesday in the deaths of two North Carolina high school students who disappeared over the weekend and were found dead, authorities said.
The suspect, who is not in custody, is suspected of first degree murder in the murders of Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a communicated.
Woods was a freshman and Clark was a former football player at another high school west of Durham, their school districts said in separate statements.
In a statement, the sheriff’s office said authorities filed a juvenile petition against the suspect on Tuesday, initiating proceedings to have the teenager tried as an adult in state superior court.
Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said his investigators identified the suspect with the help of other law enforcement.
“We will now work with local, state and federal authorities to apprehend and present the suspect to the justice system,” he said.
Blackwood did not identify a possible motive.
Men on four wheels found the bodies of Woods and Clark in western Orange County on Monday afternoon, the sheriff’s office said. Both appeared to have been shot.
They were found more than 2 miles from Woods’ home, NBC affiliate WRAL of Raleigh reported. Clark’s mother, Tiffany Concepcion, told the station the pair are good friends.
Both were reported missing over the weekend, the sheriff’s office said.
In a statement, the Alamance-Burlington School System described Clark as a former Eastern Alamance Eagles football player.
Clark “will always be remembered as a gentle, kind-hearted giant who was well-loved by his classmates,” the district said.
His school remembered him on Monday with a balloon release, WRAL reported.
Woods was in ninth grade at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, Orange County Schools said in a statement.
“Our hearts are with all of Lyric’s family and everyone who knew her,” the district said.