MEBANE, North Carolina – Family members of two teenagers found shot dead on Sunday afternoon said they got into a car with another person in the hours before they went missing.
Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, were friends, their families said. Both were reported missing over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, two men on four wheels in western Orange County discovered their bodies near the intersection of Buckhorn and Yarbrough Roads and called the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The bodies were found about two and a half miles from Woods’ home, and family members said the bodies were those of the missing teenagers.
Clark’s mother said she believed a third person involved in the teens’ disappearance was responsible for their deaths.
“Who’s strong enough to carry two bodies and throw them away?” said Tiffany Concepcion. “We want answers.”
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office called the teens’ deaths a homicide, but offered little information about those who might be responsible. The identities of the two teenagers and their official cause of death are still being determined by the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office.
“While we do not yet have this confirmation, in the absence of other missing persons matching the descriptions of the individuals located, the tragic but logical conclusion is increasingly clear,” the Orange County Sheriff said. , Charles Blackwood.
A person who lives near where the bodies were found said he heard at least 20 gunshots on Friday night.
Woods was a student at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough. His grandfather posted on Facebook on Monday saying he would offer a $10,000 reward to anyone with information about who was responsible for his death.
Concepcion said a report from the Mebane Police Department was filed on Saturday for her son, who lives with his father.
Clark turned 18 on May 5, she said, and was a football player at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane.
“He was a sports person, a good person [with a] good heart, she said. He just wouldn’t hurt a fly. He loved everyone.”
A balloon release in memory of Clark was scheduled for Monday night at the high school.
Clark’s mother said she didn’t know Lyric Woods or his family.
Lyric Woods reported missing Saturday morning
A missing person’s report says Woods’ stepfather, Shane Cannada, noticed she went in the shower around 11 p.m. Friday night. He went to wake her up on Saturday morning and noticed that she had disappeared.
Canada told deputies he believed Woods left their home Friday night through an unlocked door.
He said he didn’t believe she ran away because she left all of her belongings in her room except for an iPad, according to the report.
Woods’ father, Brady Woods, was contacted by the sheriff’s office and helped with the search.
The report says family and friends rushed to Canada to find out where Lyric Woods was.
Authorities checked hunting stands and glade trails and used a K-9 dog to search for her.
The dog, using Lyric Woods’ pillowcase, was able to determine that she had likely left the house and driven through the woods where four-wheelers often passed, according to the report.
A neighbor said he saw Lyric Woods riding in a vehicle in the same area at 3 a.m. Saturday. According to indications from the dog K-9, deputies believe that she was driven by someone in this vehicle.
Authorities took Lyric Woods’ phone, iPad and laptop as evidence.
Blackwood expressed his condolences to the families involved and asked the public to be patient.
“The process is important and critical in leading us to the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime,” he said in a statement. “I ask for your patience as we, along with other investigative agencies, do the work necessary to achieve justice for the victims and their families.”
The Sheriff’s Office encourages people to contact Detective Keith Goodwin for any information regarding this case at 919-245-2918.
Devin Clark’s mother slams law enforcement’s handling of investigation
Her mother is upset with the way law enforcement has handled her disappearance and now her death.
“They wouldn’t let me see my son. I didn’t know he was taken to where he is now,” she said.
Clark’s investigation is being led by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office and the Mebane Police Department.
“I will continue to fight for answers,” she said.
She wants the sheriff’s office to be more aggressive in their early morning investigation and send an Amber Alert when the couple first went missing. However, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Amber Alerts are not issued to people over the age of 18.