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Bodies found burning ID'd as students

Sheriff's Office says students attended Winter Park High School

Nicholas Presha, 16, and Jeremy Stewart, 18.
Nicholas Presha, 16, and Jeremy Stewart, 18.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County sheriff's deputies have identified the bodies that were discovered burning along a popular bike trail as two Winter Park High School students.

Deputies identified the bodies as 16-year-old Nicholas Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart, who were best friends, according to other friends.

Deputies said Nicholas is the son of Bernie Presha, an investigator for the state attorney's office and longtime former Orange County sheriff's deputy. As a result of the students' deaths, Orange County Public Schools said FCAT testing is canceled for Winter Park High School students on Thursday.

The bodies were found early Sunday morning just off Cady Way Trail near Full Sail University.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday also released 911 calls in the case.

"What's your emergency?" a dispatcher asks.

"I can't tell if there is two mannequins or two people burning," the caller said.

"Describe it to me again," the dispatcher said.

"It's either two mannequins or two or two bodies," the caller replied.

"OK, and nothing is moving or anything?" the dispatcher asked.

"No," the 911 caller said.

Deputies said the a charred area near a storage unit at the nearby Sun Bay Apartments complex is somehow related to the deaths.

The causes of death have not been released but people who live nearby say they are fearing a killer is on the loose.

Jasmine Sanchez said her husband heard arguing outside their door between 2 and 3 a.m. Sunday. That's just hours before people found the bodies of the two young men burning not far away.

"It does worry me because I have a daughter, so how could it not worry me for her safety? What's going to happen to us? What's going to happen to the neighborhood? Nobody feels safe around here anymore. We can't even walk around," Sanchez said.

Residents of the complex said deputies have been asking if anyone heard gunshots early Sunday morning.