A pair of Texas teenagers stunned police who stopped them as they ran out of a wooded area by telling the cops they were “burying a body,” police said.
Police went to the area in Garland, Texas, on a report of a suspicious car on Saturday. While there, they saw two teenagers running from the woods. The officers stopped the pair and asked what they were doing, police said.
“We are burying a body,” they replied according to a statement by the Wylie Police Department.
The comment prompted police to search area and they discovered the body of Ivan Mejia, police said.
The suspects were detained and charged with first degree murder. Their identities have not been released because they are juveniles, but Wylie Police confirm that both suspects are male and juniors at Wylie East High School. Mejia, 17, was a senior at the same school.
Wylie police said an early investigation suggested the murder took place behind the high school, and the suspects took the body to the woods in Garland. Authorities said that they believe that the murder was premeditated, but Sgt. Donna Valdepena of the Wylie Police Department told ABC News that detectives have not yet established a motive.
The school district released a statement to say, “The entire Wylie ISD community is shocked and saddened by this senseless act… We are cooperating with the police as they investigate, and we hope they will be able to provide us with some understanding of how this tragedy unfolded. The incident was not connected to any school or district related-activity.”