Boonsboro area teen found dead

May 08, 1997



Staff Writers

A 16-year-old Boonsboro area boy was found dead Wednesday morning, the apparent victim of inhaling butane, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

The youth, whose name wasn't released, was found in an unresponsive state in his Trego Road home at 1 a.m. by a family member, according to Deputy Richard Schleigh.

When an ambulance crew arrived on the scene, the boy was pronounced dead, Schleigh said.

"It's a first for me," Schleigh said. He said he couldn't remember another such death in his experiences with the Sheriff's Department, although he had learned about the dangers of inhalants in his training as a deputy.


A search for the boy's school began after Washington County Board of Education officials found he had never attended local schools.

A spokeswoman for the school board said local officials found out later Tuesday that the boy had attended Loudoun County, Va., schools, and had lived there until about a month ago when he apparently moved with his family to Washington County.

He had never registered for school here, said Joe Millward, supervisor of pupil personnel and guidance for the Washington County Board of Education.

Crisis teams that counsel students and teachers had been ready to move into local schools, had the boy been enrolled here, Millward said.

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