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Police recover clothing in Milton that may solve Delvonte Tisdale mystery

Posted by Metro Desk  December 10, 2010 12:39 PM

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Police reportedly have found clothes in Milton that may solve the mystery of how a North Carolina teenager died, and how his body ended up in a quiet neighborhood of the South Shore community.

WHDH-TV reported this afternoon that a search by police led to the recovery of clothing that investigators expect to link to Delvonte Tisdale, whose mangled body was found in Milton Nov. 15, about 22 hours after he was last seen by his father in Charlotte, NC.

Milton police said at the time that Tisdale's body appeared to have been mutilated, but the state medical examiner's office has not issued a formal cause of death.

One theory being pursued by investigators is that Tisdale -- who was a member of the Air Force ROTC program at his high school -- stowed away in the wheel well of an aircraft in North Carolina.

As the aircraft flew over Milton while preparing to land at Logan Airport, the well opened, plummeting Tisdale's body into the neighborhood, according to the theory being investigated.

Milton police and Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment. Police have ended their search in Milton.

In its noon broadcast, WHDH showed video taken from its helicopter that showed a red jacket with white stripes that police had found in the woods today.

Police have recovered two cars that neighbors saw speeding away from the area the night Tisdale's body has been found. One of the vehicles was linked to a Curry College student, who has retained an attorney, but news reports have suggested there is no connection with Tisdale's death.

No one is currently facing any criminal charges in connection with Tisdale's death.


Originally published on the blog MetroDesk.

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