Dr. John M. Yelcick, MD (Lancaster General Hospital)
LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -
Police investigating the death of a man found in a North York parking
lot last month have filed charges against a Lancaster County doctor in
Dr. John M. Yelcick, 48, of Manheim Township, was charged Friday with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
police said David Sellers visited Yelcick's home Sept. 13, and Yelcick
discovered during the visit that Sellers had died.
placed the body in Sellers's vehicle, drove to North York, and left
Sellers and the vehicle in the Messiah Church parking lot at the corner
of N. Beaver and W. 10th streets, police said.
Sellers, 43, of York, was found dead in the passenger seat four days later.
York County Regional police announced this week that the investigation
was turned over to Manheim Township police after it was determined
Sellers died in Lancaster County and then transported to York County.
have not determined how Sellers died. An autopsy found no trauma, so
investigators are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.
papers said on September 13 Yelcick and Sellers were intimate.
Afterward, Yelcick fell asleep and woke up to find an unresponsive
Sellers. The doctor attempted CPR but to no avail, the paperwork reads.
Yelcick panicked because he suspected Sellers had narcotics and he did
not want to get into trouble for having drugs at his home, court papers
Yelcick dressed the body, drove to York and hick hiked home.
abc27 reached Dr. Yelcick over the phone; he answered and declined to comment.
County District Attorney Craig Stedman told abc27 that these are a
shocking set of circumstances the could have bee averted, and the facts
now speak for themselves.
Yelcick was arraigned before a district judge and released on $5,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 11.
was chairman of the pathology department at Lancaster General Hospital.
A spokesperson said he was placed on administrative leave Friday
afternoon when the hospital learned of the charges against him.