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Teen's Death A Mystery

Delvonte Tisdale's pastor, James Woodson (left); father, Anthony Tisdale (right); and grandmother, Lula Smith.

Last week, a North Mecklenburg High student was found dead in an upscale neighborhood in suburban Boston. How he got there has baffled police and family members. The district attorney's office in Milton, Massachusetts, will only say that it's investigating on multiple fronths the death of 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale. There are media reports that authorities are investigating whether Tisdale was a stowaway in a wheel well of a plane and fell out as it was approaching Boston's Logan International Airport. Phil Orlandella, a spokesman for Logan, says he only knows that investigators requested information on flight paths. He said the neighborhood where Tisdale's mangled body was found is along the flight path for some planes approaching the airport. At Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, a spokeswoman says authorities have not contacted the airport about the possibility of a stowaway getting on a plane. That's really all we know - and don't know. Tisdale's father says police have said nothing to him about the possibility of his son dropping from a plane. "My son was a hard-working young man," Anthony Tisdale said Tuesday at a press conference on his front lawn in North Charlotte. "He didn't frequent the streets. He didn't listen to a lot of out-of-the-way music. He played video games. We spent time as a family." The family moved to Charlotte from Greensboro over the summer. Mr. Tisdale said his son enjoyed North Meck High School and its ROTC program. He says he last saw Delvonte the evening of Sunday, November 14th. Mr. Tisdale said Delvonte was playing video games. His body was found the following night in Massachusetts. Tisdale says he has no idea how Delvonte ended up there. The family's pastor, James Woodson, said all things indicated Delvonte was happy in Charlotte. But... "All kids have got secrets. All kids do things at that age. We don't know. We just don't know."