A 17-year-old boy was held on $2 million bond in the stabbing deaths of two other teens in southwest Missouri.

A 17-year-old boy was held on $2 million bond in the stabbing deaths of two other teens in southwest Missouri.


Garrett Matthew Mason was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with two counts each of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, Police Chief Gary Herstein said.


Mason had been taken into custody Sunday night within hours after 14-year-old Kylie M. Leyva and 18-year-old Anne E. Reed were stabbed at a Nevada home where Reed lived. Both teens were flown to Joplin hospitals, where they were pronounced dead.


Calls to the Vernon County prosecutor's office were unanswered on Memorial Day. It was not known if Mason had a lawyer or when he would appear in court.


The Joplin Globe reported that Reed and Mason lived on the same block in Nevada, about 95 miles south of Kansas City just across the state line from Fort Scott, Kan.


Herstein said he could release only limited details of the crime or the investigation.


He said one of the victims was discovered outside the home and the other inside when officers arrived. At least one of the victims was unconscious and officers were unable to speak with either of the girls because of their conditions, he said.


Police were trying to confirm reports that Reed, Leyva and Mason knew each other and may have been friends, Herstein said. Leyva lived a flew blocks from Reed's residence, the chief said.


"It's still under investigation what she was doing there," he said.


Herstein declined to discuss the weapon used in the stabbings or if it had been recovered.


"We've never had anything like this happen," the police chief said. "The last multiple homicide around here was several years ago. It's unusual for a town like this."


Vernon County Coroner David Ferry said autopsies were scheduled to be performed Tuesday in Springfield. Ferry said he was not called to the scene of the stabbings and did not know the circumstances of the killings.


Leyva's parents could not be located for comment. A man who answered the phone at the Nevada home of Reed's parents said he did not wish to speak about the matter.


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Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com