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Two Teen-Agers Commit Suicide In Car

April 20, 1987

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) _ Two teen-age boys found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in a car near a highway committed suicide, authorities say.

The teen-agers had been reported missing early Saturday in Fairfax County, Va., according to state police trooper Ronald Gingrich. A passing motorist found them at 10:54 a.m. Saturday in rural south-central Pennsylvania, Gingrich said.

″We have no idea why they came here,″ he said. ″That’s the big question mark.″

Cumberland County Coroner Michael Norris pronounced Christopher Paul Kelly, 17, of Vienna, Va., and Duane Adam Rohlfs, 17, of Falls Church, Va., dead at the scene in a rural residential area a half-mile from Interstate 81. They were in the Kelly family car.

Norris said Sunday that he determined the two committed suicide.

The boys, who attended George C. Marshall High School in Fairfax County, outside Washington, D.C., left six notes apologizing to their families, Gingrich said.

The investigation was continuing.

Fairfax County public school officials planned to send a crisis counseling team to the high school to meet with students, said school spokeswoman Delores Bohen.

Psychologists and counselors met with students in small groups today, the first day after spring break for the school, said Myra Herbert, chief social worker for Fairfax County public schools.

″There’s been a lot of tragedy here,″ she said. ″It’s a matter of letting them go through the grief process.″

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