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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Police investigating death of Dodge City High School student

  •  Dodge City police are investigating the weekend death of a 17-year-old Dodge City High School student.


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  •    Dodge City police are investigating the weekend death of a 17-year-old Dodge City High School student.
        Acting Police Chief Craig Mellecker declined to release the boy’s name Monday until the parents have had a chance to notify their relatives.
        Mellecker said the boy attended a get-together after 2 a.m. Saturday in a garage in the 100 block of McCaustland Road No. 1, just off East Trail Street. The boy was injured sometime during the gathering and taken to Western Plains Medical Complex around 4 a.m.
        He was later airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, where he was pronounced dead Saturday evening.
        Mellecker said the boy was not shot or stabbed, but he declined to comment on a possible cause of death until the Sedgwick County Forensic Sciences Center in Wichita provides autopsy results — as long as releasing those results doesn’t jeopardize the investigation.
        “Preliminary, we should get those late today or tomorrow,” he said. “The completed autopsy report will be anywhere from eight to 10 weeks down the road.”
        He said police are trying to piece together what happened. They have not yet established a possible motive for the boy’s death or made any arrests.
        Mellecker said there are no indications that the boy’s death was related to gang activity, but police are tracking down leads and talking to possible witnesses. He added that police have already interviewed some potential witnesses, who have cooperated with the investigation.
        “We’re still trying to locate a large number of other witnesses,” he said. “It’s going to be a long process for the number of people that were down there.”
        Mellecker urged anyone who attended the party, or knows someone who did, to share that information with the police department.
        He said the department is treating the boy’s death as a homicide unless the investigation proves otherwise.
        Anyone with information about the case should contact CrimeStoppers at 227-STOP (7867) or call the toll-free number (877) 424-4414. Tipsters may also send information via text message to the police department by texting DCPD and the tip to tip411 (847411).
        CrimeStoppers allows tipsters to provide their information to the police department without giving their names.
        
        Reach Eric Swanson at (620) 408-9917 or email him at eric.swanson@dodgeglobe.com.

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