Medford Man Indicted In Teen's Death After Inhaling Helium

By Jim McCoy Thu 24th May NewsCrime

A 32-year-old Medford man has been indicted on a negligent homicide charge in the death of a 14-year-old Eagle Point girl who died after inhaling helium at party.


     Richard Ward Mowery is accused of encouraging Ashley Long and
other teens to inhale from the tank to make their voices sound
funny. He was arrested Tuesday at his home.


     The Mail Tribune reports the eighth-grader collapsed at the party in February and died of an air embolism that blocked a blood vessel.


     The party was held at the apartment of an older sister of one of
the teens. That woman, 27-year-old Katherine Diane McAloon, was
indicted on charges of delivering alcohol and marijuana to minors.

​Associated Press

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