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Doctor charged in suspicious death case

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Dr. John M. Yelcick, MD (Lancaster General Hospital) 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 the case.

Dr. John M. Yelcick, 48, of Manheim Township, was charged Friday with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Township police said David Sellers visited Yelcick's home Sept. 13, and Yelcick discovered during the visit that Sellers had died.

Yelcick then 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.

Northern 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.

Authorities have not determined how Sellers died. An autopsy found no trauma, so investigators are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

Court 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.

Then 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 say.

Yelcick dressed the body, drove to York and hick hiked home.

abc27 reached Dr. Yelcick over the phone; he answered and declined to comment.

Lancaster 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.

Yelcick 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.

He started working at the hospital in 2005.

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