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Published On: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2013

14-year-old Massachusetts boy arrested for murder of teacher, Colleen Ritzer

Massachusetts have arrested a 14-year-old boy to charge him with the murder of a high school teacher says authorities in Essex County.

UPDATE: Killer identifed and held without bail – more here

Police had been investigating a missing person’s report after the 14-year-old boy did not return home from Danvers High School Tuesday afternoon, but now the police are confirming links to another case.

Colleen Ritzer, age 24, was also reported missing. Ritzer is a teacher at Danvers High School and was found dead in the woods near the school.

Police searched the school and discovered blood in a bathroom. Just after midnight, police found the 14-year-old walking along a road and took him into custody.

“Danvers Police initiated a search for the teacher and discovered blood in the second floor bathroom at Danvers High School. The school was immediately secured,” said Jonathan Blodgett, district attorney for Essex County. “As a result of the joint investigation of the Massachusetts State Police, Danvers and Topsfield police, the body of Colleen Ritzer, 24, of Andover, was located in the woods near Danvers High School. It was apparent that she was a homicide victim. We have no reason to believe there are any other suspects involved. The juvenile suspect is expected to be arraigned today in Salem Juvenile court on the charge of murder.”

 The teen’s name was not released because of his age. Police gave no motive for the murder.

All public schools in Danvers are closed Wednesday.

photo/Fbi.gov public domain

photo/Fbi.gov public domain

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