KANSAS CITY, Mo. - What turned out to be a welfare check on an Oregon woman ended up as a homicide, with two Kansas City teens accused of having blood on their hands.
Police in Oregon said 17-year-old Joda Cain and his 19-year-old friend from Kansas City, Micus Ward killed Cain’s 71-year-old great-grandmother Jacqueline Bell in her Portland-area home over the weekend.
Police found Bell’s body after a call from a concerned citizen.
Investigators said the cause of death was blunt force trauma but are unsure why the boys killed Bell.
A state trooper caught the teens after forcing them off the road in a chase that hit speeds of more than 130 miles per hour.
After further investigation, police found out Cain had been sent to Oregon from Kansas City to live with Bell.
Authorities believe Ward and Cain killed her and stole her car to then flee back to Kansas City, where they used to live.
Family members in Kansas City said they just learned of the charges Monday night and they are in shock. Cain's mother said he loved his great-grandmother, and that Ward may have been a bad influence.
Cain is currently in the custody of Washington County Juvenile Services. Ward is being held with charges pending.
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