Medford man indicted in helium party death



MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — 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.


Information from: Mail Tribune,