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xx Wade Steffey - Jan. 13, 2007 - IN
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Sex Male

Race White

Age at Disappearance 19

Height 5' 10"

Weight 150 lbs.

Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair) Brown
Wade has short brown hair.


Eyes (Color and Correction) Blue


Last Seen Lafayette, IN
Wade was last seen leaving a party at 900 David Ross Road in Lafeyette, Ind.

Other Possible Locations Indiana
Wade may still be in Indiana.

Last Known Locations Bloomington, IN
Wade is orginally from Bloomington, Ind.

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The last time friends remember seeing freshman Wade Steffey was at a Phi Kappa Theta party at Purdue University on January 13, 2007. They say Wade left the party after midnight claiming that he needed to pick up his jacket from a friend's dorm just down the street. It wasn't until the next morning, when Wade came up missing, that anyone realized he'd never made it to his destination.

Cops say the last time they could place Wade's whereabouts was through a cell phone call he made around 12:30 a.m. The number was traced back to a friend's dorm room where cops believe Wade may have left his jacket. From that point, however, cops say they have only a few leads to go by.

Following Wade's dissapearance, every Purdue student was sent a press release asking for their help in finding him. More than 300 students and faculty volunteered to comb through Purdue schoolyards. Former FBI agents and members of "Team Adam," a search group that began after the dissapearance of John Walsh's son, were also called on as consultants.

Search teams were asked to look for items of Wade's clothing--a white t-shirt with light blue stripes and light colored jeans. More importantly, officers asked that the public search for Wade's Verizon flip phone, which was working until Wednesday, four days after he went missing. Authorities believe that if anyone heard Wade's unanswered phone ringing on or close to the campus, this could be a clue as to where to find him.

Family and friends continue to worry that something terrible may have happened to Wade on his walk home that night. They say Wade was never known to wander off without telling someone first, especially not for this amount of time. Wade was a straight-A student who had only begun his college career in the fall of 2006. Police say they are confident that Wade was not intoxicated the night he left the party.

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xx Search continues for missing student
« Reply #1 on: Jan 26th, 2007, 08:11am »

David MacAnally/Eyewitness News

West Lafayette - A faint cellphone signal is offering new direction in the search for a missing Purdue student. Searchers are now looking for the missing freshman in a different part of campus. Wade Steffey's cell phone lost power a week ago, but police think the phone's last signal could have come from an area much larger than first thought.

You can't go anywhere on the Purdue University campus without seeing posters and photos of Wade Steffey, Jr. The 19-year-old honor student went missing early on January 13th after leaving a party at the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. He was last seen at 12:30 a.m. in front of a dorm. He last used his phone in that area.

Police expanded the area Wednesday from where the missing phone last emitted a tracking signal before losing power about five days after Wade disappeared.

Volunteers hit some of those areas Wednesday.

"We just hit driveways, backyards, alleys. If everyone just went outside and looked I'm sure we'd have a better chance of finding something," said one of the volunteer searchers.

Walter Evans is in town for a meeting and volunteered to look and jog around Celery Bog north of campus.

"I have a 15 and 11-year-old at home," he says. "I just can imagine what the parents feel."

"It's one of ours," said volunteer Patti Bishop with the IN HOPE FOR THE MISSING organization.
"The student's consider this as a family."

Bishop, with other volunteers, manned a donated space at Ross-Ade Stadium where searchers meet.

"My step-daughter Karen Jo Smith disappeared," she says.

A suspect was convicted, But Karen Jo was never found.

Among other members of the organization, family members of six Hoosiers missing for up to 20 years including two college students.

"By helping others we find we are also helping ourselves," says Patti Bishop. All now helping the Steffey family.

"As we were searching, I knew what his father was thinking," says Bishop. "He was rushing to find his child."

On Thursday, police plan to search along the Wabash River.

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« Reply #2 on: Jan 27th, 2007, 5:03pm »

Volunteers stepped up the search effort for missing Purdue freshman Wade Steffey. Around 25 people braved the cold temperatures to search for clues that could help find Steffey. Steffey has not been seen since January 13th.

The volunteer center has been working with Purdue Police to assist them in the search for Steffey's cell phone. The volunteers went to areas off campus, such as the Celery Bog that haven't been searched as much. Mothers Marie Barnes and Debra Littleton said they got involved in the search because they would want others to do the same if one of their children were missing.

"I just felt that it was something I had to do. I have a son that's a freshman at IU and I just feel for the parents and the family," Barnes said.

"In a million years, I couldn't imagine what this family or any family of a missing, abducted child is going through. So you know, as a mother, I'm asking every man, woman, young adult to get out there and just think of it as maybe it could be one of your loved ones," Littleton said.

One person that does have an idea of what Steffey's parents are going through is Patti Bishop of Delphi. Her step-daughter, Karen Jo Smith, has been missing since 2000.

"Having a missing child is something that no family is prepared to do. You go into what some of us throughout have found, you're in the zone. You're running, racing to find your child," Bishop said.

Bishop has been in contact with Steffey's parents who are now back home in Bloomington. Bishop said parents of missing children go through a roller coaster of emotions.

"Every minute, second that turns into days, you may lose some hope and then something happens to bring that hope back up. We never give up hope because if you lose the hope there's nothing else," Bishop said.

The volunteer center is looking for more people to help in searches. The center is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Organizers are sending out search groups throughout the day. If you would like to volunteer, call (765) 496-2289.

Police are continuing to search for clues as well. Purdue Spokesperson Jeanne Norberg said police have received more than 150 tips on the case. Investigators have a list of people who entered both Owen and Cary residence halls, they have gathered store receipts from local businesses, and they are checking fares at area bus and train stations.

On Thursday, police will search the Wabash River. Norberg said three boats will go out in the morning. Purdue Police are also working with Indiana State Police and the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department to get a helicopter to use in the search.

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xx Huge effort fails to find student
« Reply #3 on: Jan 28th, 2007, 11:34am »

By Cordell Eddings

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- So many people have tried so many ways to find missing Purdue University freshman Wade Steffey.

At least 700 volunteers, both students and area residents, have taken part in two major searches of the campus and West Lafayette neighborhoods in the past two weeks.
Police agencies, including the Purdue University and West Lafayette departments and the FBI, have used sonar technology to search bodies of water, including on Saturday.
Six police K-9 teams of search dogs and their handlers have wandered the campus, and a helicopter has been piloted over the area, all in search of the 19-year-old Steffey, who disappeared from campus in the early morning of Jan. 13 after attending a fraternity party.
All the efforts have left searchers frustrated and without any clues to where Steffey is or why he disappeared.
Still, said university spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg, "We've been optimistic because we have had so much help."
She said she has never seen such an outpouring of concern in the community.
Volunteer searchers will be at it again today, starting at 11:30 a.m. from a volunteer center in Mackey Arena, the Boilermakers' basketball fieldhouse.
Also, at least 39 discussion groups about Steffey's disappearance have formed on the student-based social networking site facebook.com. Several other Web sites display banner ads on Steffey's disappearance.
"The community has been a phenomenal force," she said. "This has touched a lot of people who never knew Wade."
Ben Buckner, 19, who is Steffey's roommate, is concerned the effort to find Steffey will lessen as time goes on.
"After a week or two, the attention has seemed to go down," said Buckner, a freshman from Bloomington. "There isn't as big of a crowd at searches. People were getting discouraged and back into school."
Buckner said he has known Steffey since they ran cross country together at Bloomington South High School. He said he has coordinated the sale of T-shirts to raise money for a reward to help find Steffey.
"It's really weird; all his stuff is still here," Buckner said. "You hope that one day he'll just come back and everything can be normal again."
Yellow and white fliers with Steffey's face hang in restaurants, classrooms and around campus and in West Lafayette. The university is saving its trash in case it holds any clues. Some Purdue faculty members have begun to take the students in their classes out to search for Steffey.
Rojita Ditta, 19, a freshman, said the disappearance has raised some fear. "It has really affected the mood on campus. Even guys are afraid to go outside nowadays at night," she said. "Everybody's weary. It's just a sad case."
Police have received more than 150 tips from people who have seen or found something they thought the police should know about.
"People are turning in all sorts of things, from shoes to underwear, but so far nothing seems to line up," said Norberg, who still sees a community committed to finding Steffey.
"This city has not given up hope," she said. "People really, really want to solve this case."
Searching for Wade

Here's a look at the search for Purdue student Wade Steffey:
Jan. 13 -- Steffey was last seen shortly after midnight Jan. 13 after attending a party at a Purdue fraternity.
Jan. 16 -- Police are alerted to Steffey's disappearance when class resumes after a three-day holiday and he does not return.
Jan. 18 -- Hundreds of students and other volunteers participate in searches across campus for evidence.
Jan. 19 -- Steffey's parents announce a reward is being offered for information leading to his whereabouts.
Jan. 23 -- A search center officially opens in donated space at the End Zone near Ross-Ade Stadium to help organize volunteer searchers and rally support. The search team expands to include Lafayette, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County and Indiana State Police, as well as the FBI and representatives of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Wednesday-- Police issue a map of the area where Steffey's cell phone was tracked before the signal was lost.
Friday-- Neither police dogs nor a State Police pilot flying overhead for two hours uncover any clues to Steffey's disappearance. Dogs had been used without success on four previous searches.

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xx Volunteer center's last day doesn't mean end of se
« Reply #4 on: Jan 29th, 2007, 09:55am »



Today is the last day for a volunteer center set up aid the search for Wade Steffey, a Purdue University student missing since Jan. 13.

No searches for today had been scheduled as of this morning. But the Wade Steffey Volunteer Center, located at the End Zone Cafe on the northwest side of Ross-Ade Stadium, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to hand out fliers and maps of the areas that have been searched.

The volunteer center is closing due, in part, to a request from Steffey's family. "The family of Wade wants students to be able to go to class and get back to" their normal schedules, said Patti Bishop, coordinator for IN Hope. IN Hope is an advocacy group for families of missing people. Bishop helped set up the volunteer center.

It has now been more than 15 days since Steffey, a Purdue freshman from Bloomington, disappeared.

The IN Hope volunteers, who organized the center, will continue their efforts and any future searches will be announced, according to Purdue officials.

Police are asking the public to search their own properties, especially in rural areas.

They are advising people to look for a silver, flip-style cell phone, a wallet, items such as identification cards, a white shirt with blue stripes, shoes size 10.5, and light blue jeans size 30 by 32.

Police also request that residents check their own personal vehicles, especially if the vehicles were borrowed by anyone over the time period of Jan. 12 to 13.

Steffey is a white male with short brown hair and brown eyes, is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Purdue Police Department at (765) 494-8221 or the anonymous tip line at (765) 496-3784.

For updates on this story, check back with jconline.com.

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xx Prayer vigil moves crowd to tears
« Reply #5 on: Feb 13th, 2007, 08:45am »

By Alberto Morales

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Nearly 200 people were in attendance Saturday at Evangelical Community Church at a vigil held for missing Purdue student Wade Steffey.

Steffey, a Bloomington resident, was last seen in the early hours of Jan. 13 while attending a fraternity party at Purdue. He was reported missing three days later after the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Before the vigil, a white banner was placed on a table outside the sanctuary area so that friends and family could write messages to the Steffey family.

Roy Hughes, an ordained pastor, challenged the audience during the vigil to support Dale Steffey and Dawn Adams, Wade's parents.

"How much can it be for us as the friends or family of Dawn and Dale to be that support," Hughes said. "Let's do it as a group. Let's do it as a community. Let's do it as their family and their friends and help them because they need strength. They need support. They need comfort. They need encouragement in this setting. And we want to help them with that to find Wade," he said.

As messages from rabbis and pastors were completed, the crowd was asked to form a circle around the sanctuary area of the church. As the lights were dimmed and candles were lit in a moment of thoughts and prayers, Jonas Schrodt a Bloomington resident sang "Brand New Day" by Van Morrison while playing his guitar.

Shelley Sallee, youth and family camp director of the Monroe County YMCA, met the Steffey family when she instructed Wade and Adams at Monroe County Martial Arts. Sallee came up with the idea for the vigil. She spoke at the podium with tears in her eyes and a crackled voice as she told Dale and Dawn Adams not to "hesitate to call" for any help they needed.

"I knew candles were a symbol of hope and that's what we wanted to portray and it also gives such a sense of community, I felt," Sallee said after the vigil. "To look around and see this circle of hope, I thought it was beautiful. It meant a lot."

Dale and Adams held each other in tears as the music played.

"A lot of what was said up here spoke about the candles and all the people in the community and the support of the community and the good parts of the world and not the scary and bad parts that we have to wrestle with every day," Adams said after the vigil. "That's something to look to and focus on.

I think that's going to be, in the days to come, a big help for us," she said.

"I think it was pretty important for Dawn and Dale to know that there are a bunch of us out here that really care."

Adams, family and friends said the continuing coverage of media was an important factor to pressure someone who knows what possibly happened in the disappearance of Wade.

Eric and Marilyn Behrman, who were also in attendance, said it is "so important" the media continue to cover the Steffey story. Their daughter Jill was an IU sophomore who went missing in May 2000 and whose remains were not found for another three years.

"The (media) needs to know the community and (Wade's) friends are still very much concerned," Eric Behrman said, "and that people are asking questions and not letting it get to a cold case and it has to be continued on."

Brooke Baker, Wade's half sister and an IU student, said she felt that someone knows what happened to her brother and asked for them to come out and speak.

"My thoughts and prayers right now are really focused on hoping that the person who knows what happened to Wade will come forward," Baker said. "We really need that to happen for our family."

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« Reply #6 on: Feb 13th, 2007, 08:47am »


By Staff Reports
Publication Date: 02/12/07
A Purdue student who said he was attacked the same night freshman Wade Steffey was last seen was charged with misdemeanor false informing.

Timothy Collins, 19, told police he was attacked by three men and hit in the head with what he thought was a brick near Tower Drive and Cary Quadrangle on the night of Jan. 12.

He was charged last week in Tippecanoe Superior Court 5 with giving a false report to the police.

Collins was treated at St. Elizabeth Medical Center for a small laceration to his left eyebrow on Jan. 13.

The Purdue Police Department announced Jan. 26 that there were significant inconsistencies in Collins' account of the attack, but police found no evidence linking the reported assault to Steffey's disappearance.

"We investigated each (case) on its own merits," said Capt. John Cox of the Purdue Police Department. "(Connections between the two cases) were questions we were addressing."

Cox said the department follows through on all complaints it receives.

"But in some cases we have people who make complaints who aren't always telling the truth," he said.

Purdue Police forwarded the case to the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's Office, which then filed the charge.

Collins has not been arrested, but an initial court hearing has been scheduled for March 12.

"The charges are false and I am handing the case over to an attorney," Collins wrote in an e-mail.

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xx Fundraisers help Steffey reward fund
« Reply #7 on: Feb 16th, 2007, 09:33am »

A number of individuals and organizations are helping raise money for the Wade Steffey reward fund. The fund was established to encourage anyone with information about the whereabouts of Steffey, a Purdue freshman who was last seen on Jan. 13, to come forward.

BENEFIT CONCERT AND RAFFLE AT PUCCINI'S

A benefit concert is being held Saturday at Puccini's, 300 Brown St. in the West Lafayette Levee.

Puccini's will donate 10 percent of its proceeds from 4 p.m. to closing Saturday to the reward fund.

Throughout the evening a raffle and silent auction will take place, said Anna Hirst, a concerned parent who is organizing the fundraiser. Raffle winners don't need to be present to win, they can buy a ticket and leave a phone number.

Hirst said several companies and individuals have donated everything from gift certificates to artwork to rounds of golf for the event, some worth as much as $200.

At 10 p.m., local band Dr. Fine & d'Gleet will perform. The cover price for that show is $3. Parking for the event is at the Wabash Landing Parking Garage.

"This is to raise reward funds but also to just keep his name and face in the news," Hirst said.

T-SHIRTS ALSO ON SALE

Steffey's roommate, Ben Buckner, is selling T-shirts to raise money for the fund.

The T-shirt's front is a photo of Steffey with the words, "Have you seen Wade?" The back says "Help find Wade Steffey" and lists the Purdue Police Department phone number.



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The T-shirts cost $12 and can be ordered by e-mailing wadeshirt@purdue.edu. They are also on sale weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Purdue Exponent next to the Northwestern Avenue parking garage.

T-shirts will be on sale at Saturday's benefit, starting at 4 p.m.

FIND WADE STEFFEY BRACELETS

Also available are "Find Wade Steffey" bracelets. The bracelets are yellow/gold silicone with black print and include the Purdue Police phone number.

The bracelets cost $3 each and will be on sale Saturday starting at 4 p.m.

To order by mail, send $3.40 for each bracelet, along with your name and address, to Anna Hirst, 1018 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette, IN 47906.

MAKE A DONATION

Individuals or companies wishing to donate items for the raffle or silent auction should call Anna Hirst at 586-0349.

Cash donations also can be made to the "Wade Steffey Reward Fund" at any Fifth Third bank location.
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xx Steffey searchers still hopeful
« Reply #8 on: Mar 19th, 2007, 2:28pm »

By JOE LARSON

Around 60 people gathered at the Purdue West shopping center Sunday afternoon to search areas near Indiana 26 for missing Purdue University freshman Wade Steffey, who was last seen Jan. 13.

"We know that if we find him today, it probably won't be in good condition," said Dawn Adams, Steffey's mother. "We want to find him regardless."

No new evidence was found during the search, but volunteers remain hopeful that an online database of aerial photographs will provide them with a much-needed lead.

Sean Henady of Aerial Image Public Service and Support was at the search Sunday. He plans to post online in the middle of next week thousands of aerial photographs his company took to assist in the hunt for Steffey.

When the new feature goes live on the company's Web site, www.aerialimageinc.com, the public will be able to assist the company in wading through the images in the search for clues.

Similar images were used to successfully locate the body of missing person Charles Rickey in a Carmel quarry on Wednesday.

"They're a higher resolution than a satellite image," Henady said about the photographs.

The volunteer organization IN Hope was able to host the search Sunday thanks to swift resolutions to the search for Ricky and missing person Valerie Vickery-West, whose body was discovered on March 11.

Attendance at the search Sunday was relatively light compared to that of past efforts.

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« Reply #9 on: Mar 20th, 2007, 2:40pm »

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A body found slumped over machinery in a dormitory's high-voltage utility room was identified Tuesday as a 19-year-old Purdue University student who vanished in January, school officials said.

A maintenance worker investigating a "pinging" sound on Monday discovered the body of Wade Steffey, a freshman who was last seen in the area Jan. 13 after he left a fraternity party. The Tippecanoe County coroner identified the body Tuesday.

It appeared he tripped and fell onto a power transformer, Purdue spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg said.

"He is believed to have died instantly," she said.

The maintenance worker had unlocked the utility room from inside the Owen Hall on Monday, Norberg said. Afterward, police discovered that the room's exterior door was closed but that it was unlocked, she said. Officials had said Monday that the ground-level utility room wasn't accessible from Owen Hall and was locked with two sets of keys, one each for two sets of doors.

Officials have removed the exterior door's lock assembly for a forensic examination to determine whether the mechanism works. Norberg said Purdue will conduct an independent investigation to "to find out all we can about this accident occurred."

"We're going to find out. The search for Wade Steffey is over but the search for answers continues," Norberg said.

Steffey's father, Dale, said he was confident Purdue would thoroughly investigate.

"That door should be locked, absolutely," he said.

The area around Owen Hall had been repeatedly searched after Steffey was reported missing, and maintenance staff had opened the utility room, but Norberg said they didn't fully inspect the interior because of the risk posed by the high-voltage equipment.

Power was cut to the coed residence hall that houses about 700 students while the body was removed.

"We have the answer now, the big answer, to where our son is," said Steffey's mother, Dawn Adams, who said she and her husband had felt before the body's discovery that their son was dead.

"Now everyone who was praying for us can have a measure of peace," she said. "This affects so many more people than us. Now there is grief."

Campus officials had organized several searches for Steffey, the most recent a ground search in the area on Sunday. Anna Hirst, an area resident who helped with the searches, described the community's emotion on hearing the news.

"It's absolutely devastating," she said.

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xx Search goes on -- for facts in Wade Steffey's deat
« Reply #10 on: Apr 15th, 2007, 4:47pm »

By SOPHIA VORAVONG


This past week, while inside the high-voltage utility vault where Purdue University freshman Wade Steffey's body was found, attorneys Scott Montross and Mike Miller had strict instructions where they could walk and stand.

Montross, noting the lack of a light switch near the outside door, said he couldn't imagine navigating the room in the dark, as Steffey apparently did on the day he was electrocuted.

"We're very concerned about the fact that the door Wade entered was unlocked and unmarked and was obviously housing dangerous equipment," said Montross, whose personal injury law firm is representing the Bloomington native's parents, Dale Steffey and Dawn Adams.

"They're terribly grief stricken, but they are appreciative of the support they have received."

The 19-year-old's disappearance prompted two months of searching and worrying. Yet nearly a month after Steffey's body was found in a residence hall electric utility room, many questions persist, and university officials remain tight-lipped.

Purdue junior Tara Breen, 21, who did not know Steffey but has been following media reports of the case, said a lack of explanations thus far is frustrating.

"I don't know what the university is doing, but whatever it is, they should not be hiding it. I understand Purdue's a public university and has a reputation to protect," she said. "But I think if they release more, it makes them more credible. Right now, it's giving them a bad name."

Steffey's parents were unavailable for comment. His cousin, Kelli Keller, said her uncle and aunt -- Steffey's father and mother -- are referring questions to their attorneys.

The latest news came this past week when Purdue announced that Rimkus Consulting Group Inc., a forensics firm that specializes in accident reconstruction, has been hired to assist Purdue in its probe.

Purdue spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg said the university will not release further information until the investigation is complete.

"The Purdue inquiry will be done as quickly as possible, but the priority is on thoroughness and accuracy, not speed," she said.

The Journal & Courier in late March and early April submitted requests for documents under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act. The requested documents include utility room maintenance logs, search plans for Owen Hall and Cary Quadrangle -- Steffey's dorm -- and various police reports.

So far, only an e-mail exchange between Norberg and Purdue police Chief Gary Evans regarding Steffey's shoe, which was found Jan. 23 but not identified until the body was found on March 19, has been made available.

Montross and Miller, partners with Indianapolis-based law firm Montross, Miller, Muller, Mendelson and Kennedy, are conducting an investigation as well.

Montross said the family is considering filing a liability claim against the university because of the unlocked door and lack of warning signs, although he could not specify when such a suit would be filed.

"The issue from our standpoint is filing a claim against the university," he said. "We're going to discuss the matter with Purdue beforehand to see if it can be resolved.

" ... We're still gathering information and considering how to proceed."

Recovery in such a lawsuit would be limited to $300,000 per claim because Purdue is a government institution, he said. But Montross hinted that more than one claim might be filed.

Norberg said signs have been added to 11 high-voltage vaults that did not have warning signs at the time Steffey's body was found. Now, she said, all 161 utility vaults on campus have signs on all entrances.

According to police, a person matching Steffey's description was seen around 12:30 a.m. Jan. 13 outside an entrance to Owen Hall. That entrance is about 50 yards from where his body was discovered more than nine weeks later by Michelle Ward, a high voltage electrician at Purdue.

Ward, who was checking for the source of a pinging sound in the room that day, did not return a message left at her Purdue office seeking comment.

Montross and Miller were on the West Lafayette campus Wednesday to meet with Wayne Kjonaas, vice president of Purdue's physical facilities, and attorney Larry Fisher of the Lafayette legal firm Stuart & Branigin, which is representing the university.

During their visit they inspected the electrical vault where Steffey's body was found. They looked at both entrances and walked inside the vault.

Montross said power was not shut off while they were inside the room. Yet university officials earlier said that a thorough check of the vault during the initial search would have required shutting off power to the dorm because of the danger from high-voltage equipment.

That was not done. University officials said workers instead looked into the utility room but did not see Steffey's body, which was partially hidden by a transformer.

"That is a part of the inquiry," Norberg said of earlier reports that power would have to be shut off to check the electrical vault.


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