Shore man sought after teen's death following party Alcohol was served at house, police say

August 30, 1991|By Maureen McNeill | Maureen McNeill,Special to The Sun

BERLIN -- State police issued a warrant yesterday for the arrest of a Worcester County man on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, one day after the funeral of a 16-year-old girl who collapsed and died shortly after leaving a party at his house.

Jill Lee Pilchard of Pocomoke City and 11 other teen-agers had attended a party Saturday at the Stockton home of 46-year-old Charles Robert Walters, police said.

Just before midnight, Miss Pilchard left the party and went to the home of a friend. She collapsed within an hour, police said, and friends and paramedics were unable to revive her.

She was pronounced dead on arrival at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury early Sunday morning.

The state medical examiner has not determined the cause of death. Police said their investigation is continuing and released few details, but state police spokesman Chuck Jackson confirmed yesterday that Ms. Pilchard had alcohol in her system when she died.

While there was no evidence of drug use, Mr. Jackson said, tests were continuing.

Teen-agers who had been at the house that night said alcohol was served, according to police. They also told police that parties at Mr. Walters' home were a frequent occurance.

Mr. Walters has an 18-year-old son, police said, but the son did not attend Saturday's party.

Mr. Walters was charged yesterday in a warrant with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, reckless endangerment, common nuisance and maintaining a disorderly house. All four charges are misdemeanors; reckless endangerment carries a penalty of up to $5,000 and five years in jail.

Police said Mr. Walters was not in town, but did not believe he had fled. They expect to contact him by the week's end.

Miss Pilchard, a student at Pocomoke High School, was buried yesterday in Pocomoke City.

Her death was the second case in two weeks in which a teen on the Lower Shore died after attending a party where alcohol was served. Fifteen-year-old Brian Ball of Trenton, Texas, died Aug. 11 of alcohol poisoning after passing out at a party in Salisbury.

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