A Lancaster General Hospital doctor is charged for allegedly moving the body of an acquaintance from the doctor's Lancaster County home to a North York parking lot.
Dr. John M. Yelcick, 48, of Willow Green in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, is free on $5,000 unsecured bail after being charged Friday with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, according to court records.
The body of 43-year-old David Sellers was found inside his car Sept. 17 in a lot at the corner of West 10th Avenue and North Beaver Street, according to Northern York County Regional Police.
The cause and manner of Sellers' death won't be ruled on until toxicology tests are complete, the York County Coroner's Office has said. The body showed no signs of foul play, according to Deputy Coroner Jeffri Goodfellow.
The allegations: According to a news release from Manheim Township Police, Sellers was visiting Yelcick at the doctor's home on Sept. 13 when he died.
Yelcick is accused of putting the body in Sellers' car, driving him to North York and leaving the car there with Sellers inside, police said.
Yelcick did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment. It is unclear if he has retained an attorney.
He is a pathologist and is chairman of Lancaster General Hospital's pathology department, according to the hospital's website.
Placed on leave: John Lines, spokesman for Lancaster General Health system, said Yelcick joined the hospital staff in 2005.
"Based on the information we have, Dr. Yelcick has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues," Lines said.
That happened Friday afternoon, "shortly after we learned of the charges against him," according to Lines.
Northern York County Regional Police began the investigation into how Sellers' body ended up there, but turned over the investigation to Manheim Township Police after police learned Sellers died there, according to Northern Regional Lt. David Lash.
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