A 14-year-old boy has confessed to shooting his 17-year-old brother in Pike County.
Pike County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the 14000 block of Highway 29 North in Banks around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a report of a deceased person at the address.
Upon arrival, they found a 17-year-old white male.
The child’s father told officials that the son had been missing since Monday, October 2, but had not reported this to law enforcement.
During the course of the investigation, the victim’s younger brother confessed to shooting his older brother while he was sitting on the couch. The younger brother told officers that his brother got up and stumbled out of the house and out the back door, where he then fell at the bottom of the stairs.
Officials say the brother dragged him about 60 yards behind the property. No one else was home at the time of the incident.
The father told investigators that he returned to his home Monday night around 7:30 p.m. and others were wondering where the victim was.
On Tuesday, the school called the father to pick up the son because he was upset about the victim’s disappearance. When he returned home, he and his 14-year-old brother began searching around the property for the victim. The father located the victim at the rear of the property and contacted police.
Investigators learned that the 14-year-old confided in a friend at school about what he had done to his brother. Investigators say he then asked his friend to help him murder the rest of his family and bury their bodies.
The 14-year-old brother is currently in the custody of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office.