Suspect, 17, Detained in Connection to Deaths of N.C. Teens Lyric Woods and Devin Clark

A suspect is officially in custody for the deaths of North Carolina teens Lyric Woods and Devin Clark.

Woods, 14, and Clark, 18, have been observed shot to demise along a hiking trail in Orange County, in step with a declaration from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Shortly after, officers said they recognized a 17-yr-vintage suspect, but had not arrested them but. The suspect’s call become not released as they’re a minor.

On Wednesday, the OCSO introduced that “government detained a juvenile in connection” with the deaths of Woods and Clark.

In a announcement, Sheriff Charles Blackwood said, “We desire this apprehension provides a few relief to the families and buddies of Devin and Lyric, who have experienced an excruciating loss.

Obviously, the seize of the suspect does not restore their cherished one to them. The grieving process is a protracted one, and we hope the network will maintain to support them in their ache.”

North Carolina law prohibits anyone from sharing any details about the case — inclusive of the detainee’s name, where he became arrested, nor which officer took him into custody — as lengthy because it’s beneath the Juvenile Court’s jurisdiction.

Added Blackwood: “We recognize our network is hungry for information to help process this tragedy; however, the laws concerning juvenile confidentiality are ironclad.

We haven’t any capability to set them aside, even given the heightened hobby in this situation.”

Joe Concepcion Jr., Clark’s uncle, opened up to Rolling Stone about the frustration and uneasiness his circle of relatives felt after government first of all shared news of the 17-year-old suspect, however did no longer pick out them or provide any further details. “We can’t find his smartphone, we do not know wherein his backpack is,” Concepcion stated of his nephew.

“We don’t know nothing. We failed to actually have an open funeral. They had to put the pieces collectively.”

Mallory Thornton, whose daughter changed into pals with Woods, delivered that the victims’ pals have been afraid to move to school with an unknown suspect at large.

“These children are literally combating over this example,” she stated. “[Blackwood should] come out and appearance those youngsters within the face and say, ‘Hey, I apprehend what you’re pronouncing, but I’m not at liberty to say sure matters approximately the case, I just want to reassure you that you’re safe.’ ”

The our bodies of Woods and Clark had been located ultimate month with the aid of guys driving ATVs inside the location.

“Family individuals mentioned Lyric lacking Saturday afternoon to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office,” a assertion from the OCSO said on the time.

“Devin Clark’s own family contacted the Mebane Police Department on Sunday with concerns approximately his whereabouts.” Lyric changed into a ninth grader at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, and Devin become a senior at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane. The young adults had been defined as friends.