Funeral set for high school senior
Published 1:38 pm Monday, May 14, 2018
By Beth Alston
AMERICUS — The body of an 18-year-old Americus Sumter High School student, missing since Wednesday, was found Thursday morning in his car.
Authorities said Peter Nordwall did not return home from school Wednesday and after his mother discovered his new rifle was missing, she reported him as missing. Authorities searched for the missing teen all night.
Nordwall’s car and body were found between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m. about a half-mile from his home on Old Hooks Road, a dirt road off Hooks Mill Road in rural southeast Sumter County.
Sumter County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy, Col. Eric Bryant said the young man was dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound but there will be an autopsy. The death scene was processed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 3 Americus Office.
Bryant said that Nordwall was supposed to graduate later this month, was an honor graduate and ranked third in his class.
Extra deputies were placed at the high school this morning and the security level was raised to Code Yellow, according to Bryant. There was no lock-down however.
Sumter County Schools Superintendent Torrance Choates told the Times-Recorder that grief counselors were working with students to provide support at the school in the wake of the tragedy.
Funeral services for Nordwall were scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Aldridge Funeral Services. A visitation was held from 4-5 p.m. Sunday at the same location.
Nordwall leaves his parents, grandparents and a sister.