[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 07:52:30 :

Independent Journal
Saturday, March 1, 1969
Page 1

Girl Found Dead; Drugs Suspected
Three Held After Aid Called To Motel Room

A 16-year-old girl died early today, possibly of an overdose of drugs, and three youths were being held without bail in Marin County Jail in connection with her death.

The dead girl was identified as Willeen Harper of San Francisco.

Being held in connection with her death were William John Helms, 20, of 70 Wellington Avenue, San Anselmo; Curtis Lynn Ross, 18, of House 17, San Quentin, and Stephen Carl Ellsworth, 20, of 805 Fourth Street, San Rafael.

Corte Madera police were called about 2 a.m. today after an ambulance was dispatched to the Meadowsweet Motel, 794 Tamalpais Drive, to pick up the girl, according to Sgt. Charles Rester. Rester said one of the youths may have called the ambulance.

Miss Harper was pronounced dead at Marin General Hospital by Deputy County Coroner Richard W. Madigan.

Police said a bottle of what appeared to be a type of morphine used by the medical profession was found in the motel room, along with a hypodermic needle.

Police said the girlís death may have been caused by an overdose of the suspected morphine or from methamphetamine or a combination of both. An autopsy was scheduled today at Keatonís Mortuary, San Rafael, Madigan said.

Madigan said the case appeared to be similar to the September death of Richard Kenneth Yager, 20, of 367 Chapman Drive, following what police said was apparently a drug party.

The three youths found in the motel today were booked on suspicion of statutory rape, being under the influence of narcotics and conspiracy. Helms was also booked on suspicion of illegal possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

Police said they expected to book the three for investigation of murder later today.

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