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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

Missing Wade S. Steffey Featured on Nancy Grace … What too you So Long?

Purdue University College student, Wade S. Steffey, has been missing since January Wade_steffy13, 2007. Numerous searches have been done with no leads. There has been much media attention as the family of Wade Steffey has been blessed by getting the word out about their missing son.

Now almost  1–1/2 months later Nancy Grace will provide Wade Steffey with media exposure. Very rarely do we question the media for providing the necessary exposure for missing people; however, we will in this case. What took you so long Nancy Grace? You are supposed to be a missing persons advocate.

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Next time Nancy, maybe you can get the word out in the beginning when it is most crucial?

Parents Dale Steffey and Dawn Adams of Bloomington will be on the show along with Wayne Pratt, news director of WBAA radio at Purdue.

Wade Steffey has been missing since early Jan. 13 and little information has surfaced on his whereabouts.

This will be one of a dozen national television broadcasts on Steffey’s disappearance.

Family and/or friends have appeared on Fox News and the Greta Van Susteren show several times, along with spots on Good Morning America and CBS’s The Early Show. (Journal & Courier)

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March 1st, 2007 at 06:37pm Posted by | Missing, Missing College Student, My, Wade Steffey | no comments

Wade Steffey missing since January 13, 2007 … The Searches Continue

Volunteers continue to search for the missing Purdue student, Wade Steffey. Searchers hope to find Wade Steffey’s cell phone.

One of the areas will be on campus looking for Steffey’s missing cell phone. Bishop didn’t want to say this morning where the other two areas would be so that people wouldn’t decide to search on their own as it will encompass some private property.

Police have been looking for any evidence they can link to Steffey’s disappearance, including a silver, flip-style Verizon phone that belongs to Steffey.

Search for missing Purdue student continues with SAR dogs

This was the fourth time police have used trained dogs to search the campus for signs of Wade S. Steffey, a Purdue freshman from Bloomington. Steffey has been missing since Jan. 13.

The dog team that searched Tuesday, Advance K9 Search & Recovery, Inc., of Indianapolis, works closely with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based in Alexandria, Va.

“The K9s are searching at the epicenter of the area where we last knew where Wade was,” said Capt. John Cox of the Purdue University Police Department. “They’re going to double check and triple check. We don’t want to miss anything.”

January 24th, 2007 at 12:41pm Posted by | Missing, Missing College Student, Search and Rescue, Wade Steffey | no comments

Search Continues for Purdue Student Wade Steffey … into Missouri

The search continues fro the missing 19 year old Purdue University student Wade Steffey. Investigators went to Missouri to check out two suspects, 27 year old David Bradley and 21 year old Jeffrey Thurman who were charged in the beating death of 56-year-old Ricky Haynes of Farmington, MO.

Investigators questioned two suspects in a Missouri murder who were believed to have been in the Lafayette area when a missing Purdue University student was last seen.

But police don’t believe the men they talked to over the weekend were involved in the disappearance of 19-year-old Wade Steffey, a freshman from Bloomington. He was last seen early on January 13th leaving a party at the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house on the north side of campus.

Purdue spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg says while police don’t think the men are involved in Steffey’s case, they did request D-N-A samples from the men just in case. (WAVE 3)

The National Center for Exploited Children announced Sunday it will take up the case of Purdue University student Wade Steffey

The announcement came a day after hundreds of students and two police K-9 units scoured West Lafayette for Steffey’s cell phone and other clues about his disappearance. The search failed to yield any new evidence.

To help with the investigation, Purdue University several days ago asked its trash hauler to begin setting aside garbage collected in the area, said university spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg. The goal is to prevent the disposal of evidence investigators might have overlooked. (Boiler Station)

UPDATE: Ex-FBI Agent, Profiler Join Search For Missing Student

A retired FBI agent and a former profiler for the agency has joined the investigation of a Purdue student’s recent disappearance, authorities said Monday.

The two will be working on the case of Wade Steffey through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Information on the missing student also was being added to the center’s national database. (The Indy Channel)

Also from earlier reports that the authorities were looking at two suspects from Missouri. Update, “Authorities: Missouri Murder Suspects Not Involved In Steffey Disappearance.”

January 22nd, 2007 at 06:07pm Posted by | Missing, Missing College Student, Missing Teen, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Wade Steffey | no comments

Wade S. Steffey, 19, Purdue University Student Missing Since January 13


19 year old Wade S. Steffey, a freshman at Purdue University has been missing since Saturday January 13, 2007. Steffey was last seen at a party at a fraternity house, the
Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house on the north side of campus. No one has seen him since and police are treating the disappearance as suspicious.


  • Steffey, a freshman from Bloomington, IN
  • short, brown hair
  • brown eyes
  • 5 feet 10 inches tall
  • weighs about 150 pounds
  • he was wearing a white long-sleeved shirt with light blue stripes and light-colored jeans.

If anyone has any information please call the Purdue Police Department at 765-494-8221.

Reward fund set up for missing student

Hundreds search for missing student

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University police, aided by hundreds of volunteers from the university and the community, started a mass ground search of the campus for a student who has been missing since Saturday morning.

There has been a correction in the use of Wade Steffy’s ATM card.

This afternoon, police also said earlier information about when Steffey’s bank account was accessed in the hours before he disappeared was incorrect. Police now say a $50 withdrawal from Steffey’s bank account was made at an ATM in the Ford Dining Hall, 1122 W. Stadium Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Originally, police thought the withdrawal was at 1:11 a.m. Saturday. They say that was the time when bank records were downloaded, not when withdrawals were made.

Missing student’s parents will take plea to ‘Good Morning America’ Saturday

WEST LAFAYETTE — Dale and Dawn Steffey, the parents of missing Purdue University student Wade S. Steffey, will appear on “Good Morning America” Saturday.

Dale Steffey said his son could be anywhere now that he’s been missing for six days.

“He could be in any part of the country or the world in this day and age,” Dale Steffey said.

The parents are requesting that people all over the country keep an eye out for their son.

“Time’s really important in this,” Dale Steffey said. “It’s just been too long.” (Palladium-Item)

January 19th, 2007 at 05:10pm Posted by | Missing, Missing College Student, Wade Steffey | no comments