DANVERS, Mass. — A 14-year-old high school student was accused of killing a math teacher, whose body was found in the woods behind the school.
The body of Colleen Ritzer, 24, of Andover was found in a wooded area near Danvers High School early Wednesday, and the boy will be arraigned on a murder charge, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.
Police started investigating after Ritzer was reported missing late Tuesday night because she had not returned home from work and was not answering her cellphone. Investigators found blood in a second-floor school bathroom and soon located the victim, he said. He did not say how Ritzer died.
The boy also was reported missing Tuesday after not returning home from school. He was spotted walking along a road in neighboring Topsfield about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.
His name was not made public because of his age. He faces arraignment Wednesday in juvenile court, where proceedings are closed to the public.