Police hold on to car involved in North Carolina teen’s mysterious death
ByThe Patriot Ledger
Posted Dec 08, 2010 @ 01:57 AM
More than four weeks after the mangled body of a 16-year-old from North Carolina was found on a quiet street in Milton, a car that police impounded in connection with the case has yet to be returned to its owner, and police have not explained what role the car and its driver may have played.
Police impounded the car, a white Audi with Illinois plates and a Curry College sticker on it, a day after the body of Delvonte Tisdale, 16, was found on Brierbrook Street.
“I’m not ready to comment on the nexus involving the car and the incident,” Milton Police Chief Richard Wells said.
Shortly after the Audi was found, Milton Deputy Police Chief Charles Paris said its owner was not suspected in Tisdale’s death and that the people in the car Nov. 15 just happened to be on Brierbrook Street that night.
Curry College spokeswoman Fran Jackson declined to comment on the impounded car and referred all questions to police.
Meanwhile, the attention of investigators here and in North Carolina is on the possibility that the teenager stowed away on a U.S. Airways flight from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina to Boston’s Logan International Airport.
The theory is that his body fell out of a wheel well as the landing gear was lowered on the plane’s approach to Logan. The flight path would have taken the plane over Milton.
Yesterday, WCVB-TV reported that the youth had aviation grease on his pants.
Two weeks ago, investigators searched a wheel well on a U.S. Airways plane. But the Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that officials at the Charlotte-Douglas airport said they had not been contacted by authorities in the case.
Several telephone messages left Monday and Tuesday with airport officials in Charlotte did not prompt return phone calls. The officials would have been asked whether they were looking into the possibility that airport security was breached if Tisdale did manage to sneak aboard the plane.
Tisdale’s family reported him missing a few hours before his body was found 880 miles away in Milton. Driving from Charlotte to Milton takes about 15 hours.
Tisdale was a sophomore at North Mecklenburg High School, near Charlotte.
A memorial service for Tisdale was held this past Saturday in Huntersville, N.C.
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