The suburban Boston town of Danvers, Massachusetts, shut down all seven of its schools Wednesday after authorities found the body of a slain teacher in woods behind the high school. A 14-year-old boy was in custody in the death, CNN reported.
Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer, a math teacher, was found dead in the woods behind the school early Wednesday morning, a short time after she had been reported missing.
The chain of events started Tuesday evening when a 14-year-old boy was reported missing by Danvers police.
The DA would not say how the teacher was killed or what evidence they have linking the suspect to the murder. The DA did not name the juvenile, but his name was circulated earlier yesterday as local police put out a bulletin asking for the public's help in finding the boy they identified as Philip Chism. Police added Chism had recently moved to town from Tennessee.
Blodgett said the juvenile will be arraigned in Salem District Court today. When asked if the 14-year-old suspect could be charged as an adult, Blodgett said he is going to "take a very hard look at that. Obviously." The teen had been reported missing by Danvers police yesterday.
Danvers, a town of about 26,000 people about 20 miles northeast of Boston, has a high school, a middle school and five elementary schools. It wasn't immediately clear why the district closed all of its schools after the discovery of Ritzer's body.
Ritzer's death comes the same week as the death of a teacher who tried to stop a student with a gun at a middle school in Sparks, Nevada.
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