North Carolina search warrant sheds light on mysterious therapy camp death of 12-year-old boy

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New details have emerged in what authorities say is the “suspicious” death of a 12-year-old boy at a therapy camp for troubled teens in the North Carolina wilderness.

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants as part of an investigation into the boy’s death within 24 hours of enrolling at Trails Carolina. The warrant includes an affidavit that describes the shocking scene that first responders encountered when they arrived on February 2nd.

Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office John Nicholson told FOX News Digital Trails that Carolina is “not fully cooperating” with the investigation, but the campaign maintains it did everything it could. .

In a warrant obtained by Fox News Digital, authorities revealed what the camp was keeping secret.

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The forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy told investigators that the 12-year-old boy’s death did not appear to be natural, but the cause and manner of death have not yet been determined. (Trails Carolina)

When responders arrived at the camp, the boy was lying on his back on the floor wearing a CPR mask. The warrant states his knees were bent, his arms were over his chest and his body was “cold to the touch.” He was wearing a hoodie and T-shirt, but his pants and underwear were next to his shoulders. Detectives also noted discoloration of the boy’s skin and possible bruising near his eyes.

Camp counselors told detectives they didn’t know why the boy wasn’t wearing pants or underwear.

“Once you roll over, [the boy] “He began foaming at the mouth, which could indicate that he had ingested some kind of poison,” the document said.

A camp official assigned to monitor the boy described him in an interview as “loud and furious,” authorities said.

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A 12-year-old boy was found dead at a wellness therapy camp in North Carolina on Saturday, one day after attending the program, according to reports. (Google Maps)

According to interviews with camp staff, the boy suffered a panic attack between 12:00 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on February 2 as two counselors were “standing along the wall.” Counselors told detectives they also checked on the boy at 3 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. and found him dead around 7:45 a.m.

Authorities attempted to speak with other children who were present at the time of the boy’s death, but Trails Carolina declined to make them available to detectives.

“Trails Carolina staff refused to speak to or meet with the juveniles who witnessed the incident,” the warrant states. “They also refused to reveal the boys’ names, dates of birth, or other information.”

The warrant states that social workers who tried to speak with children who may have important information about how the boy died were similarly turned away.

“DSS was provided the boys’ first names but nothing else. When DSS tried to confirm the whereabouts of these boys, they refused to reveal their whereabouts. did.”

The FBI is assisting the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation, a spokesperson confirmed to WBTV. The incident is being investigated as a possible case of manslaughter.

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A spokesperson for Trails Carolina told Fox News Digital that the group is aware of the warrant.

“The search warrant documents contain misleading statements. Out of respect for the family and the ongoing investigation, we will not go into further detail at this time. The children were removed from the area. “It was to avoid seeing what was going on, not to watch and avoid investigators,” the spokesperson said. “We are a mental health facility that treats children with severe and complex mental health diagnoses. If we do not remove them from the area, we will be harming their mental health.”

The spokesperson added that Trails maintains there is no evidence of criminal or suspicious activity based on all information available to the organization and statements from relevant agencies.

“Trails and everyone involved have not been charged with any crime. It is important that we know the truth about what took this boy’s life and we look forward to the Chief Medical Examiner’s report.” a spokesperson said.

Now, more than a week later,, State officials have instructed the camp to suspend new admissions and take steps to ensure the safety of children under investigation.


The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will require unrestricted and unannounced access to Trails Carolina for local Department of Human Services (DSS) employees, law enforcement, and state investigators, according to a letter obtained by Fox News Digital. It is said that

Trails Carolina “continues to support the personal growth of current students and their families, providing them with the confidence and tools they need to continue their healing journey,” Trails Carolina told Fox News Digital. .



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