One of the two deceased bodies discovered Tuesday morning in a wooded area outside New Philadelphia has been identified by the school he previously attended.
In a social media and email message on Wednesday, Pottsville Area School District Superintendent Sarah Yoder says Angel Caraballo, a student who attended there last year, was one of the two deceased in New Philadelphia.
Caraballo, 16, was identified by State Police-Frackville as one of two missing persons early Tuesday morning. Hunter Mock, also of New Philadelphia, was identified as the second missing person.
A short time later on Tuesday, State Police sent out a press release on the early-morning discovery of two bodies in a wooded area near Ferndale Road, just outside New Philadelphia.
“It is with profound sadness that I am reaching out to address a tragedy that occurred in New Philadelphia. We know the passing of Angel Caraballo is extremely upsetting since he attended Pottsville Area High School last school year,” Yoder wrote. “We extend our most heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Angel.”
She added that the school is helping provide support and counseling services to other students and families affected by Caraballo’s death.
New Philadelphia Mayor Terri Gibbons also posted to Facebook on Wednesday, informing residents that there was a group of 3 counselors available at Good Intent Fire Company in the borough on Wednesday afternoon to offer help.