Officials in Charlotte, N.C., say they have found various locations where a teenager might have breached airport security on his way to stowing away aboard a plane and eventually falling out of the aircraft over Massachusetts.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe told the Charlotte City Council Monday night that an investigation "identified various locations where [Delvonte Tisdale] may have breached airport security" at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
He said investigators had concentrated on a particular area of the airport "in combination with that identified aircraft" that Tisdale was believed to have stowed away on.
The body of Tisdale, 16, was discovered Nov. 15 on a quiet street in Milton, Mass. How he got there was initially a mystery. Investigators later determined that he had fallen from an aircraft flying from Charlotte to Boston.
Monroe said the investigation had determined a series of enhanced security measures that should be taken, including enhancing the airport's electronic security system, structural improvements to airport property, increased security staffing levels for airport police, and new patrol strategies.
Monroe said the extensive investigation, however, had not been able to determine how Tisdale got to the airport or his motive for stowing away on the plane.
City Manager Curt Walton said the enhanced security recommendations would be implemented in "an expedient time frame."
Walton said the full report of the investigation had been sealed by the US government and that very little, if anything, more could be said about what was found.
"This is an incident that none of us ever wanted to happen. ... What matters at this point is making sure that we respond. I'm confident that the responses that you have indicated will help us going forward," said Mayor Anthony Foxx.
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