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Alcohol charge brought in Norfolk bonfire party death
By Milton J. Valencia, Globe Staff
Norfolk Police have charged an 18-year-old with bringing beer to the Oct. 17 outdoor party in that town that ended in tragedy when one of the participants apparently wandered off into a swamp and died.
Christopher Moran, 18, of Norfolk was charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol and misleading a police officer investigating the party that 17-year-old Taylor Meyer was attending before she died.
Moran told investigators he brought beer from his parents' refrigerator to the party, saying he had brought them for his own personal consumption, police said today in a statement.
Moran was arraigned in Wrentham District Court on Oct. 24. He pleaded not guilty and the case is continuing. Police only disclosed the charges against Moran today.
Police are conducting a criminal investigation to try to find out who brought the alcohol to the bonfire party at an abandoned airport.
Investigators have said Meyer had attended a homecoming football game and later went with about 20 other teens to the airport where the King Phillip High School students drank around a bonfire. It is not clear whether Meyer herself was drinking.
Meyer then apparently walked from the woods where the students were partying into a treacherous swamp area. Her body was found Oct. 20 after an intensive two-day search.