Remains of Missing Purdue Student are Identified

The body of a missing Purdue student has been found in a university utility closet.

Wade Steffey, 19, disappeared in January.

Police found a decomposing body Monday in a dormitory electrical closet.

Tuesday, the remains were identified.

It was not the ending Wade Steffey's parents were praying for.

Their 19-year-old son is found dead two months after he disappeared. Steffey’s mother, Dawn Adams says, "Initially, there's relief. At this point and time we strongly suspected he was gone. And now, our searching can cease."

The family arrived on campus yesterday just hours after a body was discovered in an electrical closet in Owen dorm. Purdue University Spokesperson, Jeanne Nordberg explains, "Someone had said they noticed an usual noise coming a popping sound coming from that room. They went into that room and found an individual that was deceased."

Steffey, a freshman from Bloomington was last seen January 13th, leaving a fraternity party.

Police searched every building on campus when he disappeared.

Police say they did search the utility room, but not closely, because of the high voltage risk.

Since the room was locked, the university doesn't know how Steffey was able to get in. Jeanne says, "the only people with keys to that room were people who work in the utility area."

Steffey's death has been ruled accidental.

Police believe he was trying to get into Owen hall to get his coat.

He mistakenly walked into the utility room, tripped and fell onto a power transformer.

The coroner's office says he died instantly.

Power to Owen Hall had to be shut off to retrieve Steffey's body.

His father said the room was very dark and even in daylight, visibility was limited.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


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