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Chief: Prattville teens killed in murder-suicide were stabbed to death


There are stunning developments in the discovery of two bodies Tuesday night in Prattville. The bodies of 19-year old teenagers were found in a two story home at 140 Sycamore Drive. That's just off Highway 14.

Police say it was a murder-suicide.

"The deceased are 19-year old Wellesly Owen and 19-year old Mitchell Warren," said Prattville police chief Mark Thompson.

Investigators say two knives were used in the murder-suicide, a large hunting knife and a kitchen knife. The home belonged to Warren's family.

"Owen was stabbed in the throat and chest area,"said Thompson.

Police say Warren used the hunting knife to stab Owen multiple times and then grabbed a kitchen knife to take his own life. Still unclear is why? There were no notes left behind. There's no motive.

Thompson told WSFA 12 News the two teens knew each other, but the chief wasn't sure for how long. Thompson also said he was not aware of any issues between the two in the past.

All day Wednesday motorists like Christal Oates eased by to see where it happened on Sycamore Drive.

"These were teens and it's something you just don't see happen around here. We have kids and it concerned us," said Oates.

Chief Thompson says there was no sign of a struggle in the home and based on their investigation Owen never saw the attack coming.

"It was clear to us he was surprised. He never saw what was coming," said Thompson.

Susan Peters lives next door and doesn't know what to make of the murder-suicide.

"They were nice people and you never heard a word out of them. We are still in shock," said Peters.

There are lives gone, cased closed, part of a mystery left unresolved.

We have a correction concerning our reporting of this tragic incident. Last night, when we broke news of this death investigation on all WSFA 12 News platforms, we inaccurately reported that the cause of death in this incident was a "shooting". WSFA 12 News regrets the error in our reporting.

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