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Body Found at Purdue University, Could be missing Student Wade Steffey

A body has been found in a utility room at a campus residence hall at Purdue University. Wade Steffey1Authorities are not releasing the information as to whether it is missing college student Wade Steffey. Wade Steffey has been missing since January 13, 2007.

Purdue spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg says it’s too soon to know whether the body is that of missing Purdue student Wade Steffey, who vanished more than two months ago.

Norberg says the body was found inside a ground-level utility room at Owen Hall after a building resident heard a pinging noise and call the campus utility department.

She says a utility worker found the body. (Fox News)

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Owens Hall was one of the last places that Steffey was seen.

”Owen Hall is indeed the last place where Wade Steffey was seen,” she said, adding that the room is not accessible from the residence hall.

She also said that the ground-level utility room is not accessible from Owen Hall and is locked with two sets of keys, one each for two sets of doors.

Norberg said that when the building was searched for clues into Steffey’s disappearance the utility room was apparently not examined because it was locked. (NWI Times)

Body found on Purdue campus

West Lafayette – Police are investigating the discovery of a body at the Purdue University campus Monday. At this point officials are not saying whether the body is male or female, and a coroner expects to have more answers Tuesday. Many on campus are worried that it could be the body of Wade Steffey, a freshman who went missing over two months ago.

The body was discovered around noon by a Purdue employee inside a utility room located in Owen Hall, a campus dormitory.

“A pinging noise was coming from an area of Owen Hall that is not accessible to anyone but our utilities people It’s a high-voltage area,” said Jeanne Norberg, Purdue University. She said the utility worker who found the body “was traumatized. It’s a very difficult situation for her.”

University officials say they don’t know the identity of the individual, but many fear it could be Purdue freshman Wade Steffey, 19, who went missing after attending a party in January.

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March 19th, 2007 at 06:43pm Posted by | Found Deceased, Missing, Missing College Student, Wade Steffey | 4 comments

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  1. Am so sorry to hear this. My heart and prayers for his family, friends, and school. In the center of these halls, shaped like a “H’ are the cafeteria, utility rooms at the cross part of the H.

    Comment by just moma | March 19, 2007

  2. Someone put him there, I hope they find out who it was. Very, very sad ending.

    Comment by Elaine | March 20, 2007

  3. How terrible! Where this person got into that room will be interesting to find out. Wonder if the door was open during routine maintenance, the curious person walked in to check it out (as it’s normally locked), and the doors managed to be shut behind him/her while they were in there.

    If this happened, and it’s a high voltage area, this poor person would have been left in there will no lights (probably) and no way to be let out. Not to mention a dangerous place!! I’ve been in such high voltage areas and it IS a bit freaky. I was told not to touch anything! This poor person whoever they are. I hope they weren’t really left in there like a dungeon to suffer….


    Comment by brenda | March 20, 2007

  4. his family’s website says he died from an accidental electrocution at a party. How did he end up in a utility room? Does anyone know more?

    Comment by anzypantz | March 27, 2007

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