The Orange County Sheriff’s Office reported that two bodies were located on a North Carolina trail on Sunday. The victims were identified by family as missing 14-year-old Lyric Woods and 18-year-old Devin Clark.
Authorities stated that the bodies were discovered near a power-line easement by two men riding ATVs around 3 p.m. on Sunday, reported WTVD. According to investigators, the two victims appeared to have gunshot wounds.
Lyric Woods was reported missing by her stepfather on Saturday afternoon after he went to wake her up at 10 a.m. and realized she was not in the home, reported the New York Post. Authorities believe Woods may have exited the home through the unlocked back door the night before.
Devin Clark was reported missing on Sunday. His family reported that they had not seen Clark since around 11 p.m. on Friday.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office reported that the two bodies match the description of Woods and Clark, but officers are waiting for the medical examiner’s confirmation.
Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in a Monday statement, “As a parent, I cannot imagine how excruciating the wait for confirmation of the victims’ identity is. However, the process is important and critical to lead us to the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime. I’m asking for your patience as we, along with other investigative agencies, do the work necessary to seek justice for the victims and their families.”
On Monday, law enforcement brought the families to the scene of the crime, and they confirmed the identities of the high school students.
Woods was a freshman at Cedar Ridge High School, and Clark was a senior at Eastern Alamance High School. The two schools are approximately 16 miles apart. Authorities described the high school students as acquaintances.
David White, an individual who lives close to the trail where the victims were located, told WTVD that he heard gunshots a few days ago.
“I heard close to 10 shots going off like an automatic gun and paused for a little bit, and five more shots went off,” he said. “I thought, ‘who’s shooting this late at night?'”
The circumstances around the deaths of the students are still unclear. Both families are eagerly seeking answers.
“He never hurt anybody, so for him to get done like this is — I have to have answers,” said Clark’s mother, Tiffany Concepcion. “I want to get justice and I don’t care where I have to go, what I have to do, who I’ve got to talk to, I’m going to keep going and keep doing it.”
“It’s hard for us to process everything that’s going on because we don’t have any details,” said Clark’s aunt, Crystal Hughes. “And we really, our lack of information and is just not sitting right with us with the stuff that we’re hearing and all different sides of the story we know, hoping that the police department in investigation is going the way that it’s supposed to go. But it’s hard on us.”