Iowa Spanish Teacher Allegedly Killed By Students From High School Where She Taught

A high school Spanish teacher in Iowa was confirmed dead on Thursday and police said that she was allegedly murdered by two teenagers who were students at the school where she taught.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, the City of Fairfield in Iowa confirmed that human remains found on Wednesday in the Chautauqua Park belonged to Nohema Graber, who they said taught Spanish at the Fairfield High School. Graber was reported missing earlier in the day on Wednesday, according to the post.

Police allege that the two students, identified as Willard Noble Chaiden Miller and Jeremy Everett Goodale, both age 16, killed Graber. They have both been charged with first-degree homicide and conspiracy to commit homicide in the first degree. Both Miller and Goodale were students at the Fairfield High School.

A criminal complaint obtained by the Des Moines Register said that Graber frequented the Chautauqua Park and was last known to be there on Tuesday. According to the Des Moines Register, the criminal complaint said that a preliminary investigation suggests that Graber died after "inflicted trauma to the head," and her body was found under a tarp and wheelbarrow in the park.

According to the Facebook post, both Miller and Goodale are being charged as adults and the criminal complaint obtained by the Des Moines Register said that Goodale knew certain details about Graber's disappearance and death after an associate of the two provided investigators with social media messages. The complaint also included details about Miller's connection to the crime as well as "deliberate attempts to conceal the crime," according to the Des Moines Register.

The Des Moines Register also reported that the complaint alleged clothing obtained from Goodale's home during a search warrant appeared to have blood on it, while Miller admitted to detectives that he was at the Chautauqua Park when the crime occurred. Miller also provided detectives with items that were used in the murder and concealment of Graber's body, the complaint said, according to the Des Moines Register.

While speaking with the Des Moines Register Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Moulding said that the motive of the crime was unclear, but noted that his office will "absolutely follow the evidence."

"This case is not, by any means, closed," Moulding told the Des Moines Register.

In a statement on Thursday, Dr. Laurie Noll, superintendent of the Fairfield Community School District said that the district is "saddened by the tragic death of longtime teacher, Mrs. Nohema Graber."

"In her nine years with Fairfield High School, Mrs. Graber touched the lives of many students, parents, and staff," the statement said. "We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Mrs. Graber. At this time our students' and staffs' well-being is our top priority. As a community, we will remain united in this time of tragedy."

Newsweek reached out to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for further comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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A high school Spanish teacher in Iowa was recently found dead and police believe that she was allegedly killed by two students of the high school she taught at. Above, police tape hangs across the street in front of a house in Park City, Kansas on February 26, 2005. Larry W. Smith/Getty