17-year-old charged with murder in case of 2 missing Indiana teens

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VALPARAISO, Ind. — A 17-year-old Indiana boy faces murder charges in the deaths of two teens in what police say an informant told them was a drug deal that turned into a robbery.

Porter County prosecutors say Connor R. Kerner of Valparaiso is charged as an adult in the deaths of 18-year-old Thomas Grill of Cedar Lake and 19-year-old Molley Lanham of St. John.

According to court documents filed Monday police say an informant told them Kerner said he shot and beat Grill when Grill tried to rob Kerner during a drug deal. The informant told police Kerner said he shot Lanham in the head.

Police say they believe two bodies found in a burned vehicle in Porter County are Grill and Lanham.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Kerner. He is scheduled for an initial hearing Monday.

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