NEW PHILADELPHIA, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — We are learning more about the investigation into the deaths of two people in Schuylkill County. State Police have not released the names but family members shared about the loss of their loved ones.
Investigators were on the scene Tuesday in a wooded area of New Philadelphia along Ferndale Road after two people were found dead leading an active and very intensive investigation.
The discovery comes after state police reported two missing males, 16-year-old Angelito Xavier Caraballo, and 18-year-old Hunter Mock. Police say Caraballo was reported missing Sunday while Mock was reported missing Monday.
Pennsylvania State Police have not confirmed that the bodies found in New Philadelphia are those of Caraballo and Mock.
Meanwhile, 28/22 News spoke with the aunt of Mock who says the family was notified early Tuesday that he was found dead.
“When we first realized Tuesday morning, we got the call and it was just like disbelief. Like no it has to be a mistake. It wasn’t. Yes, it’s been rough. As you would imagine. He was so young. It was so brutal,” said Rachel Friendy, aunt of Hunter Mock.
Wednesday, in the midst of this investigation, the Pottsville Area School District posted a statement regarding Caraballo claiming the teen has died and the district is offering counseling to assist students.
There will be a team of three counselors from Lehigh Valley Health Network available at the New Philadelphia Fire House beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
At this time, Pennsylvania State Police has not released the identities of the victims, nor if the two people reported missing are related to the death investigation.
A forensic autopsy is scheduled for Thursday as the cause and manner of the deaths have not been determined yet.
This is a developing story and 28/22 News will update you with the latest as it is released.