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The bodies of 17-year-olds Natalie Henderson of Roswell, and Carter Davis, of Woodstock, were found early Monday morning behind a Publix grocery store. A delivery driver came across the bodies shortly before 6 AM Monday.
Both Natalie and Carter had been shot in the head and both were found lying next to their cars. Roswell Police Detective Zachary Frommer said the manner of death in both cases was homicide and they believe that both teens were killed where the bodies were found.
Police told reporters that Natalie and Carter arrived at the shopping center between 2 AM – 4 AM. Their parents reportedly told officers that they believed the teens were still at home in bed.
How horribly shocking to think your kids are safe at home in their beds and then to find out they weren’t at home at all and had actually been murdered.
It seems like police have a pretty good idea of who may have been responsible. According to WSB-TV, the police report lists Natalie’s possible relationship to the offender as “XBG,” which is police shorthand for “ex-boyfriend.”
Just this morning, officers executed a search warrant on a home in an East Cobb neighborhood and a local reporter recorded them taking boxes out of the home and speaking with a young man who apparently lived there.
If this young man is Natalie’s ex-boyfriend, then this case could probably be reaching a resolution very shortly.
Natalie and Carter were both seniors at different high schools but they reportedly knew each other through mutual friends. It isn’t clear whether or not they were dating or just friends. Natalie attended Roswell High School and Carter attended River Ridge High.
RIP Natalie and Carter. Yet another senseless taking of two young lives.
I’ll keep updating this story as it develops.
UPDATE: 8/3/16 3:32 PM CST
Investigators held a press conference this afternoon and announced the arrest of 20-year-old Jeffrey Hazelwood. He was taken into custody at about 5 AM this morning at a local gas station. He is expected to be charged with two counts of murder later today.
Police Chief Rusty Grant said they believe Hazelwood acted alone. They would not release a motive, saying that it is still an active investigation.
Surveillance video at the scene was helpful, but wasn’t critical info that led to his arrest.
Hazelwood has an Instagram account that he posted to after the murders.
He also posted a photo of his girlfriend (or perhaps his fiancee or wife) about 19 hours ago, but I’m not going to post that here since she seems to be an innocent victim in all this. He captioned the photo, “Getting things at Michaels for the wonderful art she makes! I love you, sweetheart!”
Which means that if he truly is the killer, he went about his day like nothing happened. Like he didn’t just take the lives of two innocent teenagers.
Hazelwood also has a Facebook page but it doesn’t look like he updated it much.
I can’t seem to find any connection yet, on social media anyway, between Hazelwood and Natalie or Carter.