DETROIT (WWJ) – The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that two bodies have been found, not far from where two Westland teens went missing almost one week ago.
The bodies were discovered at around 9:30 a.m. Friday in an overgrown field near City Airport, along Lyford Street at French Road on Detroit’s east side.
Detroit police are not confirming that the bodies are those of 18-year-old Jacob Kudla and 17-year-old Jourdan Bobbish, but did say the deceased are two males who were shot in the head.
A police spokesperson said a statement would be released later in the day.
Neighbors, including Hazel Walker, believe the bodies are that of the Westland teens.
“Yeah, that’s what they identified. They said that it was the two white guys that they had been looking for and that they had been shot,” Walker told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Sweeting.
Meantime, family members talking to WWJ say they are holding out hope and are waiting for word from detectives.
Kudla’s cousin, Reba Jacobs, said the teen’s mother is doing as you might expect.
“You know, it’s been very hard on her, to hear something like that on the news — like, they’re not sensitive to the children’s families. But she’s strong and she’s keeping hope alive,” Jacobs said.
Virgie Kudla said she last heard from her son around 10 p.m. last Sunday when he and his friend were heading to a relative’s home on Detroit’s east side. After her son didn’t return home that night, the concerned mother filed a missing persons report in Westland.
Detroit police found and impounded a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier late Monday night which was seemingly abandoned at a west side apartment with its sound system removed. Detroit police later confirmed that two people were arrested in connection with items taken from the vehicle.
Crime Stoppers offered a $25,000 reward for tips in the case.
Stay with WWJ and CBSDetroit.com for more on this developing story.