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Nov 15, 2015 9:46 AM

Police: Delay in reporting Eve Tarmey's death gave man time to call his dealer, get rid of needles

ROCHESTER - Court documents are revealing the reasons behind the delay in notifying police about the death of 17-year-old Eve Tarmey at the Riviera Motel in October.

Mark Ross, along with Tarmey's mother, Jazzmyn Rood, was in the motel room when Tarmey died. He was the first to realize the teenager was dead around 3:30 a.m. when he got up to use the bathroom, he told police. But he did not call 911 until almost 5 a.m.

He told police he first called his heroin dealer and threatened to kill the man if he'd sold them bad drugs.

Another reason for the delay was his inability to wake Rood, who had also injected drugs earlier that night.

Ross said he removed needles and spoons from the room, dumping them in a trash bin at the motel before calling. He told detectives there were about 40 needles laying around. Police have recovered 10 of them.

While waiting for police to arrive, Ross said he deleted messages to his heroin dealer as well as ones to Leslie Aberle, who is also charged in connection with Tarmey's death.

Later, he bought a new phone, called Aberle and they talked about getting their story straight for the cops.

Ross, Rood and Aberle were subsequently charged in Tarmey's death. Ross was arrested at the Rockingham County jail where he was already in custody on unrelated drug possession and robbery charges.

Ross and Rood are scheduled to be in court this week and next for probable cause hearings.

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