N.C. teen fell from jet's wheel well

Dec. 10, 2010 at 6:36 PM
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CANTON, Mass., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A district attorney in Massachusetts said Friday a North Carolina teenager "more likely than not" fell from an airliner's wheel well before it landed in Boston.

The mutilated body of Delvonte Tisdale, 16, of Charlotte, N.C., was found Nov. 15 on a quiet street in Milton, Mass., sparking a criminal investigation into the mystifying death, The Boston Globe reported.

Milton is in the direct path many aircraft follow as they prepare to land at Boston's Logan Airport.

"It appears more likely than not that Mr. Tisdale was able to breach airport security and hide in the wheel well of a commercial jet airliner without being detected by airport security," Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating said, calling it a serious breach of airport security.

Milton Police Chief Richard Wells Jr. initially suggested Tisdale was the victim of a vicious crime, but Keating said Friday Tisdale's injuries were consistent with having been slammed into the street from a great height, adding residents reported hearing a "crashing noise" shortly before the body was discovered.

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