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Teenage girl, boy found dead alongside El Paso County road identified as Coronado High School students

March 14, 2017 Updated: March 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm
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Derek Benjamin Greer (left) and Natalie Partida

The Colorado Springs teens found dead on the shoulder of a rural El Paso County Road have been identified as 15-year-old Derek Benjamin Greer and 16-year-old Natalie Partida.

Both were students at Coronado High School, said Devra Ashby, a spokeswoman for Colorado Springs School District 11.

Derek was a freshman and Natalie was a sophomore at the school located at 1590 W. Fillmore St.

"Coronado is hurting today," according to a Tuesday afternoon post on the school's Facebook page.

They were found dead Sunday morning, lying on the shoulder of Old Pueblo Road, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. The bodies were reported about 8:45 a.m. by a passing driver, and when deputies arrived on scene, the girl and the boy were confirmed to be dead.

Their deaths have been ruled homicides. No suspect information has been released.

On a Facebook page that appears to belong to Natalie, she posted as recently as 5:44 p.m. Saturday. The account interacted with a page that appears to belong to Derek, including commenting on his most recent profile picture.

"We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Derek and Natalie," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The section of the road where the bodies were found is just northeast of Pikes Peak International Raceway, running parallel to railroad tracks. The nearest homes are about a quarter-mile south and the area is dotted with cattle ranches.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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