Police launch investigation into death of 2 Ohio teenagers found in a wooded area

Jackson Township, Ohio police launched an investigation into the death of two teenagers found in a wooded area.


Authorities in Ohio started an investigation Saturday into the shooting deaths of two teenagers found with gunshot wounds to their head in a wooded area.

Lauren Kaufman and Mason Brown by a police officer conducting a welfare check, Jackson Township, according to police.

Kaufman, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Brown, 17, died in a hospital early Saturday, authorities said. The police found a gun on the scene.

Chief Mark Brink said authorities were trying to determine whether the deaths were a result of a murder-suicide or a double suicide, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

The police said that the teens were Northwest High School students.

Mike Shreffler, the superintendent of Northwest Local Schools, told The Dispatch that he saw, both of the teenagers at the school earlier Friday.

“I spoke with them often,” he said. “They were honest, real children.”

Shreffler said grief counselors would be at the school Monday.

The death comes just a few days after police say a 13-year-old boy shot himself on a Jackson Township high school. He died on Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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