Girl’s death shakes Steamboat Springs
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ” Friends and parents are reeling over the loss of a popular and accomplished high school senior who was found dead.
Adele Dombrowski, 17, was found in her bed on Saturday morning. On Sunday, police arrested Kevin Miller Neuwirth, 20, on suspicion of buying her rum. A liquor store has been cited for allegedly selling to an underage buyer.
The Routt County coroner said the cause of death would not likely be determined until Thursday.
Dombrowski was a tennis player, reaching the state doubles semifinals in 2004. She also played hockey and volleyball, sang, played the flute, danced and choreographed dances. She was a member of Young Life, a Christian ministry aimed at young people
“She loved the Lord,” said her mother, Kris Stouffer. “She was a pretty cool kid.”
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Stouffer said her daughter had a reputation for being friendly and outgoing.
“Parents would always comment to me that they came to the school and Adele was the only one who said ‘hi’ to them,” Stouffer said. “‘Gracious’ is the word a lot of people used, even as far back as her first-grade teacher.”
Police Sgt. Nick Bosick said Neuwirth acknowledged buying the rum. Neuwirth was arrested on charges of providing alcohol to an underage person and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
He was released after posting a $5,000 bond. He had no listed phone number and could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Police cited the Bottleneck liquor store, where Neuwirth allegedly bought a 1.75-liter bottle of Captain Morgan’s spiced rum for her.
Bottleneck owner John Marshall said the store is “extremely hard on checking IDs.”
Days before Dombrowski’s death, police ticketed nine liquor stores for selling liquor to an underage buyer in a sting operation. The Bottleneck was not one of them.
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