Lyric Woods: What we know about incident involving Two high school students

Lyric Woods, Devin Clark
Lyric Woods, Devin Clark

Two high school students, Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, were found shot dead two miles from one of their homes after they were reported missing this weekend.

Lyric Woods and Devin Clark, 18, who were good friends, were found dead on Sunday in western Orange County around 3pm near the intersection of Buckthorn and Yarbrough roads.

Lyric Woods and Devin Clark reported missing

Lyric Woods, a ninth-grader at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, was reported missing Saturday after her family woke up to discover she was not at home and the back door to the house was unlocked, The Charlotte Observer reported.

Clark, a senior at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, was reported missing Sunday after not being seen since Friday night.

Two men riding four-wheel ATVs found the remains of a Black male and White female around 3 p.m. Saturday, according to authorities.

Lyric Woods and Devin Clark found dead

Lyric Woods, Devin Clark
Lyric Woods, Devin Clark

Both families had pleaded for information on their whereabouts while search efforts got underway, but the case took a tragic turn on Sunday afternoon when two men riding four-wheel ATVs found the remains of a Black male and White female around 3 p.m. Saturday, according to authorities.

Investigators said the two victims appeared to have been shot.

Police statement

“Through our ongoing investigation, we have information that suggests the two individuals located off Buckhorn Road yesterday are Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18,” Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in a statement. “Family members reported Lyric missing Saturday afternoon to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office; the deputy filed the missing person’s report in the National Crime Information Center index (NCIC) at 3:44 pm. Devin Clark’s family contacted the Mebane Police Department on Sunday with concerns about his whereabouts. An officer entered him into NCIC at approximately 1:42 pm.”

The sheriff had previously said that both victims appeared to be under 20 years old and that they may have been killed in a possible homicide.

“Investigators are still awaiting a report from the medical examiner to confirm the victims’ identities,” Blackwood continued. “Although we do not have that confirmation yet, in the absence of any other missing persons matching the descriptions of the individuals located, the tragic but logical conclusion is increasingly clear. This loss is devastating for the victims’ families and friends, and indeed for the entire community.”

The gruesome discovery comes as investigators were looking for Clark and Lyric, who left home Friday and were not seen since.

“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,” Blackwood said earlier. “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.”

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