On Saturday, Feb. 18, at 11 p.m., police and medical personnel were dispatched to a residence in the 3100 block of Alameda Street for a 14 year old girl who was unconscious and not breathing. The caller reported that the juvenile had ingested alcohol and helium.
The teen was tended to by medical personnel and transported to Rogue Valley Medical Center. Shortly after her arrival to the hospital, she was pronounced dead. The 14 year old girl was identified as Ashley Long of Eagle Point.
Medford Police began an investigation into the case and detectives from the Medford Police Department and Jackson County Sheriffs worked throughout the night. The case remains under investigation.
At this point, Medford Police are releasing limited information due to the fact that this investigation is ongoing. Several people were interviewed and the scene was process for evidence. Medford Police learned that several underage boys and girls were at the location, approximate ages 13-16 years old. The investigation also revealed that at least one adult on scene provided the juveniles alcohol and marijuana. The juveniles also had access to a helium tank and some were inhaling the helium gas.
Investigators believe that seconds after the victim inhaled the helium gas, she collapsed. An autopsy will be performed in the near future.
One adult female who resides at the location of occurrence, Katherine Diane McAloon, 27 years old, was lodged at the Jackson County Jail for seven counts of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor and two counts of Delivering Marijuana to a Minor. Bail: $38,000.