Bodies Found Burned Near Trail ID'd as Students
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The deaths of two high school students whose burned bodies were found near a popular recreation trail are being investigated as homicides, authorities said Wednesday.
The Orange County's Sheriff's Office on Wednesday said the bodies were that of Winter Park High School students Nicholas Presha,16, and Jeremy Stewart, 18. The medical examiner identified the bodies.
Detectives continue to gather information at the scene, but are not releasing any further details of their investigation.
The families of the victims were notified Wednesday morning and grief counselors were at the high school for any students who want to talk with them.
The bodies were found along the 4-mile trail in Winter Park, a wealthy suburb of Orlando.
The fire department and sheriff deputies received a 911 call Sunday morning reporting a small fire burning near a storage shed.
On the 911 tape, also released on Wednesday, a man told the dispatcher "I can't tell if there's two mannequins or two people burning."
The caller later said that the bodies were burning just off the trail and were located "4 (feet) from the bridge on the other side of the canal."
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