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Cherokee police investigating teen suicide pact

Cherokee police investigating teen suicide pact

At least one Cherokee teenager is believed to have died as the result of a local teen suicide pact under investigation by the Cherokee Indian Police Department. Investigators believe one attempted suicide was also a result of the pact.

The CIPD was made aware of the pact through an anonymous tip, said spokesperson Alica Wildcatt. Because the investigation is still in its early stages, police do not want to speculate on the number or demographics of those involved. Because the people believed to have committed or attempted suicide thus far as a result of the pact are juveniles, the CIPD isn’t releasing their names.

Investigators are asking any community members with information that may be helpful to the investigation to come forward. Tips can be directed to Det. Ashley Cromer at 828.359.6671 or 828.736.3506.

Parents of teenagers are encouraged to talk to them about this topic. If you are considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800.273.TALK (8255) for a free, confidential conversation with a trained crisis worker who will listen to the problems you are experiencing and connect you with local mental health services.

For a list of mental health resources in Western North Carolina, visit

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