HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Friends and family say that Betheny Mehall, 25, and her 23-year-old boyfriend, Cord Cox, died the way they lived -- at each other's side.
The Ashtabula County sheriff's office says the couple was found shot to death Sunday afternoon in a parked car at the dead end of Bishop Road in an industrial park in Harpersfield Township, outside of Geneva.
On Wednesday, Mehall's family issued a statement:
"As you can imagine, we are devastated at this news. Our family is attempting to come to grips with this awful situation. We are grieving personally, and also our hearts go out to the family of Cord Cox.'
"We are so proud that Betheny was actively pursuing her nursing degree from Bryant and Stratton College and recently received an Advisors Honor for Academic Excellence. She was looking forward to the next stage in her life and we were fully in support of her efforts."
" Betheny was committed to her community and an auxiliary member of the North West Ambulance District. Her largest commitment, however, was to family. Betheny was a dedicated and nurturing mother to her 4 year old son. Being there for him always came first."
"In her short 25 years, Betheny, made more people smile and touched more lives than most do in a lifetime. She lived her life to the fullest everyday and her enthusiasm for life was contagious."
"While we understand the media interest in this tragedy, we will not be planning to do any news interviews at this time. We are cooperating fully with the authorities on their investigation of the crime. The Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department should be contacted for any additional details. Thank you for understanding our personal situation and respecting our privacy at this most difficult of times."
Even though the murder scene is in a remote area, friends of the couple say it is well-known as a place for young people to hang out.
Investigators are now trying to re-trace the couple's movements before they died.
Authorities are now asking anyone with information that may help solve the murders of Betheny Mehall and Cord Cox, to contact the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office at (440) 576-9046.