Police probing girl's death charge man with drug possession

June 09, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - State Police troopers investigating the death of a 17-year-old girl Sunday ended up finding 47 marijuana plants near and around a house in the Potomac Hills subdivision along Grade Road, officials said.

The girl, whom police are not identifying, was found dead Sunday in her bed in her mobile home in Middleway mobile home park, West Virginia State Police Trooper N.A. Harmon said.

The girl was discovered by a relative, who called medical crews, Harmon said.

The mobile home park is off U.S. 11 near the Falling Waters post office, Harmon said.

As part of the investigation, troopers went to a house in the nearby Potomac Hills subdivision, Harmon said.

Troopers went to the house because the son of the man who lives in the house dated the girl, Harmon said. Troopers went to the house in an attempt to find anyone who may have seen the girl before she died, Harmon said.


When troopers arrived at the house, they saw several potted marijuana plants outside, Harmon said.

Troopers obtained a search warrant and found two grow lights, a bag containing more than 25 grams of marijuana and more than 1,000 marijuana seeds inside the house, Harmon said.

Outside, troopers found 47 young marijuana plants, Harmon said. Some of the plants were found on the property and some were found on an adjacent property, Harmon said.

The owner of the house showed up as police were investigating the area, Harmon said.

Douglas L. Foltz, 57, of 85 Dash Lane in Falling Waters, was charged with 47 counts of possession/manufacture of a controlled substance, troopers said.

Foltz was released from the Eastern Regional Jail Sunday night on $30,000 bond, jail officials said.

It is not believed there is any connection between the girl's death and the drugs found at Foltz's house, Trooper R.A. Spearen II said.

Troopers hope to learn the cause of the girl's death when an autopsy is performed on her body in Morgantown, W.Va., or Charleston, W.Va., Harmon and Spearen said.

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