Bodies of missing teens Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, found in Orange County, day after they vanished
ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA: A family issues a heartbreaking plea for answers after police locate the dead bodies of two missing high school students on an Orange County trail just a day after their disappearance.
The family members have confirmed that the bodies found by the officials on Sunday, September 18 are of two high school students identified as Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18. The Orange County Sheriff's department has also said it believed those were the victims but can’t confirm anything until the medical examiners release a positive report. The medical examiner's office has not yet confirmed the identities but has confirmed they were a white female and a black male. The two friends were reported missing by their families on Saturday, September 17.
The Orange County Sheriff’s department said two men riding their four-wheeler bikes located the dead bodies of the friends near a powerline around 3 pm in the western part of the county. The local police department said the two bodies appeared to be under 20 years old and had several gunshot wounds. A homicide investigation has since been launched since the bodies were found.
The death of the young students has shattered the hearts of their families. On Monday, Woods’ grandfather offered a reward of $10,000 to anyone who has any information regarding the reported murder of his granddaughter. On a GoFundMe set up for funeral expenses, she was described as an "amazing young lady, daughter, sister, and friend."
Clark’s mother, Tiffany Concepcion told WARL she will not rest until she gets justice. "He never hurt anybody, so for him to get done like this is--I have to have answers," Tiffany Concepcion said. "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."
She confirmed that Woods and Clark were pretty close friends. She also revealed that the bodies of the two are located near the house of Lyric Wood. Clark's mother said in a video uploaded to her Facebook that she will hold a balloon release for his family and friends in his memory in Mebane, North Carolina.
A person who lives near the area where the bodies were found told ABC11 that he has been noticing some unusual things in the area for a few days now. "I heard close to 10 shots going off like an automatic gun and paused for a little bit, and five more shots went off," David White said before adding, "I thought, 'who's shooting this late at night?'"
On Monday, Sheriff Charles Blackwood issued the following statement, "As a parent, I cannot imagine how excruciating the wait for confirmation of the victim's 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."