FAIRFIELD, IOWA (WHO) – Two 16-year-old teenagers face murder charges over their alleged role in the death of a teacher whose body was found in a public park in Iowa.
Nohema Graber, a 66-year-old Spanish teacher at Fairfield High School, was reported missing on Wednesday. His body was found later that day at Chautauqua Park in Fairfield.
Authorities said it was a homicide.
Willard Noble President Miller and Jeremy Everett Goodale, two 16-year-old students at Fairfield High, are charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for allegedly killing Graber. Both are being pursued as adults.
Authorities found Graber’s body covered with a tarp, wheelbarrow and railroad ties in a remote area of Chautauqua Park, according to the criminal complaint filed with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators believe she died of a head injury.
The criminal complaint also says investigators found social media posts incriminating Miller and Goodale. He says the messages in question showed Goodale knew specific details of the crime and showed Miller’s involvement.
Investigators say the social media posts illustrated why the two might have wanted to kill Graber, how they planned to do it, and their method of covering up the crime.
Graber taught at Fairfield High School for nine years. The Fairfield Community School District canceled classes Thursday and Friday to give students and teachers a chance to mourn her death.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Ms. Graber,” said Fairfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Laurie Noll. “At this time, the well-being of our students and staff is our top priority. As a community, we will stand united in this time of tragedy. “