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Benjamin Fuder (21) was found dead in a limestone quarry
Published: Aug 18, 2012 @ 3:41 AM
Benjamin Fuder (21)
Jul 28, 2012
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UW Whitewater student Benjamin Fuder was last seen shortly after midnight on Saturday morning. He was reported missing that night and police found his body in an area quarry the next morning.
Some of the circumstances surrounding Benjamin's death seem mysterious--and his family says they have questions about what happened to him. "He would have had to leave the bar, get something to eat and walk over a mile past his house just to reach this point," described his brother, Shane.
To get to the quarry, Shane says he would have had to have walked way past his residence--in the dark. "He would have had to walk down the street here, no sidewalk, no lights, no houses, no reason to come here," said Shane. "Stumbled all this way, a mile past his house down this gravel road and through some really thick brush."
Family members say he knew his way home--and he wasn't depressed--so it seems unlikely that he'd have wandered to the area intentionally. That's why they think this may not have been an accident.
"This was not a slip and fall accident, this was not a suicide obviously, he was, you know, the target," said Joshua Fuder, another of Benjamin's siblings.
They say they're hoping the official investigation yields some answers for them.
They want to know if Benjamin might have been drugged.
Shane says they're having a third party conduct a toxicology report.
"We've decided not to cremate him yet," he said. "We're going to wait until we can do our own toxicology report and have someone else we supplied go over the evidence and the body and stuff. So we don't want to, you know, we're trying to stay objective trying to do this right so we don't regret anything down the road."
They say they don't want another family to have to go through a similar loss--which is why Benjamin's dad, Brad Fuder, is reminding other college-aged kids to be careful and stay safe when out.
"When you're in the bars you have to watch that nobody puts anything in your drinks, don't leave your drinks laying around, always be in groups," he said.
Authorities have said that there was no indication of foul play in Benjamin's death--but also said this is an on-going investigation.
Shane is looking into things like having surveillance cameras installed in the area so this doesn't happen to another family.
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