FLORIDA, N.Y. – The Amsterdam Police Department says they have arrested and charged a 15-year-old male and 16-year-old male with second-degree murder in connection to the two bodies found in the Town of Florida Thursday.
Police say the 15-year-old male, whose name will not be released due to his age, and 16-year-old Anthony Brasmeister, both of Amsterdam, are now facing second-degree murder charges for the deaths of 16-year-old Paul Damphier and 13-year-old Jonathan DeJesus, also of Amsterdam.
During a press conference Thursday afternoon conducted by State Police and Amsterdam Police, it was announced the cause of death for the two teens is trauma resulting from gun shot wounds. Further autopsy results are expected.
The 15-year-old is the primary suspect who police believe pulled the trigger.
The bodies of the two teens, Damphier and DeJesus, were found Thursday around 11:30 a.m. in a field near where they were last seen before disappearing almost two weeks ago, off Snooks Corners Road in the Montgomery County Town of Florida.
Damphier and DeJesus were reported missing last Tuesday. The boys were last seen July 9th, when Damphier's mother told police she dropped them off at Dejesus' home.
The Amsterdam school community released a statement on Friday morning the loss of the two students. Grief counselors will be available at the high school next week to provide support and resources for students and their families. The school staff will also be available throughout the summer to help students who may need it. Details are posted on the district website.
Amsterdam police detectives and investigators from the New York State Police Criminal Investigations Unit say the human remains were found Thursday around 11:30 a.m. in a field off Snooks Corners Road, a very remote and wooded area.
State police say the investigation into the double murder in ongoing.