• Lyric Woods and Devin Clark were found dead along a hiking trail on Sept. 18
  • Police identified the 17-year-old suspect, who was on the loose until Wednesday
  • The suspect's identity has not been released to the public due to his age

A 17-year-old boy who was wanted for fatally shooting two teenagers in North Carolina, was arrested Wednesday, more than two weeks after the murders.

The juvenile was accused of murdering Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, who were found dead with multiple gunshot wounds along a hiking trail in Orange County on Sept. 18.

Woods and Clark were friends. Their bodies were discovered by ATV riders in the area after they were reported missing, WRAL News reported.

Police soon identified the suspect, who was on the loose until Wednesday. He is currently facing two counts of first-degree murder, according to the New York Post.

Authorities have not revealed the identity of the suspect as well as further details of his arrest, as the North Carolina statutes do not allow information to be released when the case is under the Juvenile Court's jurisdiction.

"We understand our community is hungry for information to help process this tragedy; however, the laws regarding juvenile confidentiality are ironclad. We have no ability to set them aside, even given the heightened interest in this case," Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in a statement released via Facebook Wednesday.

JUVENILE DETAINED IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE CASEHillsborough, NC (October 5, 2022) – Less than an hour ago, authorities detained a juvenile in connection with the murders of Devin Clark and Lyric Woods....

"We hope this apprehension provides some relief to the families and friends of Devin and Lyric, who have experienced an excruciating loss. Obviously, the capture of the suspect does not restore their loved one to them. The grieving process is a long one, and we hope the community will continue to support them in their pain," Blackwood added.

Woods, a ninth grader at Cedar Ridge High School was reported missing after her stepfather could not find her in her room on Sept.17. A neighbor reportedly told the cops that the teenager was seen getting into someone's car at 3 a.m. that day.

Clark, a senior at Eastern Alamance High School, was reported missing on Sept. 18, just before the bodies were found.

A resident in the area reportedly heard at least 15 gunshots the previous night.

Clark's mother, Tiffany Concepcion, spoke up about the suspect's arrest. "There is a big relief off my chest knowing this person is in custody. This is the longest 17 days I have ever had in my life," she said, as per WRAL News.

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