Lyric Woods and Devin Clark — A family has issued a heartbreaking plea for answers after the bodies of two missing teens were found only days after their disappearance.
Two bodies, believed to be ninth grader Lyric Woods, 14, and high school football star Devin Clark, 18, were found on Sunday hours after they suddenly vanished in North Carolina.
Two men reportedly discovered the remains by a powerline at 3pm while riding their four-wheeler bikes on Sunday afternoon and alerted the police.
“As a parent, I cannot imagine how excruciating the wait for confirmation of the victims’ identity is,” said Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said.
“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.”
As both grieving families await the medical examiner’s identification, a number of chilling clues have come to light.
Five chilling clues emerge after ‘bodies of teens Devin Clark and Lyric Woods found’ from gunshots to mystery passenger.
A neighbor, David White, who lives nearby where the bodies were found, said he heard strange sounds in the area just 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,” White told ABC affiliate WTVD.
“I thought, ‘who’s shooting this late at night?”
CLOSE TO HOME
The location where the two bodies were found off Buckhorn Road was about two and a half miles away from Woods’ home.
According to a Facebook post created before the grim discovery, Woods had apparently left her home and her parents were unable to contact her.
Her stepfather discovered she had left everything in her bedroom when he went to wake her on Saturday morning, except an iPad, and her parents do not believe she was running away, reported WRAL.
During the frantic search, investigators checked hunting stands, trails, and used K-9s to search for the missing teen.
Using her pillow case, it was reportedly determined that Woods left her family home and traveled through the woods.
POSSIBLE FOUL PLAY .
As the investigation continues, Sheriff Blackwood believes the preliminary evidence suggests the students were killed in a possible homicide, reported Fox News.
However, the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office is still working to establish an official cause of death.
The Sheriff’s Office stated that no further information would be released until the medical examiner established a cause of death and an official identification.
It was confirmed the bodies were of a white female and a black male, both appearing to be less than 20 years of age.
NO FORCED ENTRY .
Deputies said there were no signs of forced entry at Woods’ home.
The girl’s parents also said they found the back door unlocked on Saturday morning.
Both families created GoFundMe pages to cover the funeral expenses, describing Lyric Woods as an “amazing young lady, daughter, sister and friend” and Davin 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,” said Orange County Schools in a statement.
“Our hearts are with all of Lyric’s family and everyone who knew her, including many at Orange High, Gravelly Hill Middle, and Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary.”
Students at Woods’ school wore T-shirts with her name on them and a balloon release was planned for later in the week to honor her memory.
Counselors were provided at the schools on Monday by Orange County Schools to help students and staff.
Both teens were honored with a moment of silence at a soccer game between their schools.
“This past weekend, Devin Clark an Eastern Alamance student and Lyric Woods a Cedar Ridge student tragically lost their lives, the announcer said before the game
“Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers.”