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Delvonte Tisdale Mystery: Father Says Son Was Happy in N.C., Brother Says He Missed Baltimore

Delvonte Tisdale, 16, was reported missing Nov. 14 in N.C. by his father, his mutilated body was found less than 22 hours later outside Boston.
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Delvonte Tisdale Mystery: Father Says Son Was Happy in N.C., Brother Says He Missed Family in MD
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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) The father of Delvonte Tisdale, the North Carolina teen whose mutilated body was found near Boston, hundreds of miles from his home, says the 16-year-old was happy in Charlotte. However, the teen's older brother says the father-son relationship was strained, and that Delvonte missed his family in Baltimore.

Anthony Tisdale spoke to reporters in Charlotte Tuesday, saying he last saw his son Delvonte on Nov. 14, when they did yard work together and the family had pizza for dinner. When the 16-year-old failed to return from school the following day, the family called police.

Tisdale said his son was "ecstatic about being in Charlotte. He loved his high school. He associated with a lot of good folk."

But Delvonte's older brother, who lives in Baltimore, told the Associated Press that Delvonte was miserable in North Carolina and had never wanted to leave Baltimore, where he had lived previously.

"He was very strict," Anthony Tisdale Jr., 21, also said of his father. "My brother hated it there."

"My brother just wanted to come home," he said, adding the teen "just couldn't take it there."

According to the police report filed with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Delvonte was last seen in Charlotte at 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 14. His remains were found outside Boston, a roughly 16 hour drive from Charlotte, around 9:30 p.m. the next night - just 22 hours later.

So how did Delvonte get all the way to Boston in less than a day, and what happened to him along the way that left his body so badly mutilated that fingerprints were the only identifiable marks?

One theory being investigated is that Delvonte somehow stowed away in the wheel well of an airplane bound for Boston. Investigators have reportedly asked officials at Logan International Airport in Boston to "look into the possibility," a spokesman for the airport told The Boston Herald.

The area where Tisdale's body was found is within the approach path for runway 4R at Logan International Airport, CBS affiliate WBZ reported.

The Norfolk, Mass. District Attorney's office would not talk directly about the Massport investigation, saying only that they are "investigating every possibility."

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