Cops identify a ‘person of interest’ in double murder of missing girl, 14, and man, 18

Heartbroken mother of football star, 18 says ‘my baby was brutally murdered’ after he and missing girl, 14, were shot more than ten times as cops hunt for mystery third person spotted driving them before their deaths

  • Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, were both reported missing by their families before their bodies were found 
  • Their bodies were discovered on Sunday in western Orange County by two men on four-wheelers 
  • Both families of the teens claim that they were last seen in a car with a third person before they vanished 
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office have launched a murder investigation into the two deaths
  • GoFundMe collections for both teenagers have now raised more than $40,000 for their funerals

A heartbroken mother is demanding answers after her son was shot in double murder after they were reported missing.

Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, were found dead on a country trail in Orange County, North Carolina, after the pair vanished in mysterious circumstances.

Woods was reported missing by her stepfather on Saturday morning after they found her empty bed at the home in Efland.

The backdoor of the property was also found unlocked, and the family of the ninth grader at Cedar Ridge High School immediately contacted police.

‘Gentle giant’ Clark, a talented football player for Eastern Alamance High School, was reported missing on Sunday after his family last saw him on Friday night.

Clarks mother, Tiffancy Concepion said: ‘My baby has been brutally murdered. Who is strong enough to carry two bodies and dump them?

‘Where’s the other person? Who’s the other person that picked either one of them up? Who is the person or people that dropped them off? We want answers.’

Authorities confirmed that the two teenagers’ bodies were discovered with gunshot wounds by two men riding four-wheel ATV’s on Sunday.

The teenagers are understood to have known each other, with both of their families saying that they were both last spotted in a car with an unknown man.

Lyric Woods, 14, was reported missing on Saturday after her stepfather realised her bed was empty. Her body was discovered on Sunday in western Orange County

Devin Clark, 18, a talented football player, was also reported missing around the same time was Woods. His body was also found next to the ninth-grader, with both suffering gunshot wounds

Devin Clark, 18, a talented football player, was also reported missing around the same time was Woods. His body was also found next to the ninth-grader, with both suffering gunshot wounds

Stan Dean, Wood's grandfather, crafted a cross surrounded by flowers and put it where her body was found, with lights because his granddaughter was ‘afraid of the dark’

Stan Dean, Wood’s grandfather, crafted a cross surrounded by flowers and put it where her body was found, with lights because his granddaughter was ‘afraid of the dark’

Orange County Sheriff’s Department did not immediately respond to comment when contacted by DailyMail.com.

Authorities are investigating their deaths, after witnesses claimed to hear at least 10 shots. 

Speaking to ABC11, David White, who lives nearby, said:  ‘I heard close to 10 shots going off like an automatic gun and paused for a little bit, and five more shots went off.

‘I thought, “who’s shooting this late at night?”‘

Both families are begging anyone with information to come forwards to help them get ‘justice’ for their children. 

Lyric’s grandfater, Stan Dean, has now offered a $10,000 reward for anyone who has information regarding the murders. 

He crafted a cross surrounded by flowers and put it where her body was found, with lights because his granddaughter was ‘afraid of the dark’.

Dean told the News & Observer that he had seen Woods in the hours before her death and had taken her for ice cream.

He said: ‘I’m living a nightmare. It just doesn’t make sense. The minutes are too long.

‘We’re just taking it breath by breath. She trusted everyone.’

Family members from both victims have visited the site where their children were found dead, less than two miles from Woods home

Family members from both victims have visited the site where their children were found dead, less than two miles from Woods home

Brady Woods, Lyric's father, pictured with her and his family, helped in the search after the Sheriff's Office contacted him

Brady Woods, Lyric’s father, pictured with her and his family, helped in the search after the Sheriff’s Office contacted him

Clarks mother, Tiffancy Concepion, pictured with her son, is demanding answers for what happened. She said 'my baby has been brutally murdered'

Clarks mother, Tiffancy Concepion, pictured with her son, is demanding answers for what happened. She said ‘my baby has been brutally murdered’

Lyric's grandfater, Stan Dean, has now offered a $10,000 reward for anyone who has information regarding the murders

Lyric’s grandfater, Stan Dean, has now offered a $10,000 reward for anyone who has information regarding the murders 

Her stepfather Shane Cannada said that she had a shower at around 11pm on Friday night, and he thinks she left by an unlocked door shortly after.

A missing person report stated that Lyric left all of her things in her room apart from her iPad, so he did not think she had run away. 

Brady Woods, Lyric’s father, helped in the search after the Sheriff’s Office contacted him.

Authorities managed to track her scent through a trail using a K-9 dog and her pillowcase, close to where four wheelers drove through.

She was then seen by a neighbour in a car at around 3am on Saturday in the same area, with deputies believing that she was given a ride by someone.

North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the official cause of death and the identities of the teens.

GoFundMe collections for both teenagers have now raised more than $40,000 for their funerals. 

Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said: ‘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.’

Clark, pictured, a keen footballer at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, was described as an 'athletic person, a good person with a good heart' by his mother

Clark, pictured, a keen footballer at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, was described as an ‘athletic person, a good person with a good heart’ by his mother 

Sources close to Orange County authorities told local media that they are hunting a person of interest in the double- murder and are hoping for a swift arrest

 Sources close to Orange County authorities told local media that they are hunting a person of interest in the double- murder and are hoping for a swift arrest

Concepion claims that she had to identify her son by his clothes, and was not allowed to see his body

A Mebane Police Department report was filed on Saturday for Clark, who had lived with his father.

Paying tribute to the star athlete, his mother described him as an ‘athletic person, a good person with a good heart.’

Hundreds of people attended a balloon release in memory of Clark, with his brother saying ‘we won’t stop until we find justice for who killed my brother.’

His family were furious that law enforcement did not issue an Amber Alert when he was first reported missing.

Concepion also claims that she had to identify her son by his clothes, and was not allowed to see his body.

She thinks the sheriff’s office should have been more aggressive and sent out an Amber Alert when the friends first vanished.

But Orange County Sheriff’s Office said that Amber Alerts are not issued for those who are 18 years old.

Sheriff Blackwood said in a statement: ‘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.’

Alamance County Sheriff’s Office and the Mebane Police Department are handling Clark’s investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to speak to investigator Keith Goodwin at 919-245-2918.

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