Wade Steffey

by Bene Diction on March 20, 2007

A body discovered inside a dormitory’s locked, high-voltage utility room was identified Tuesday as a 19-year-old Purdue University student who vanished more than two months ago, 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. He apparently had been electrocuted.

It is believed Wade attempted to return to the dormitory where he left his coat, tripped, and died instantly when he fell onto a power transformer.

Ivan, I am so sorry, our prayers go out to your family. May God carry you close and be gracious to you, may His strength carry you and His love surround and fill you.

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.”

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Kim 03.20.07 at 10:39 pm

Nothing to say, lots to pray.


Wood 03.20.07 at 10:40 pm

I am so sorry, Ivan. Thoughts and prayers.


Richard 03.20.07 at 11:32 pm

Thanks for posting this BD.

Ivan — I’ll be thinking of you and praying for Wade’s family.


Joel 03.21.07 at 6:18 am

So very tragic. Many prayers for his family and friends.


Ivan the Crank 03.26.07 at 2:00 am

BD, ditto on posting the information about Wade’s discovery. I found out about the possibility that his body had been found on Monday night while driving in downtown Miami. My daughter and I were preparing to meet our youth group the next day for a Spring Break mission trip in the inner city, Homestead, Florida City and the Keys, so I didn’t have access to a computer till tonight.

My wife, Debbie, and her sister, Tita, arrived safely in Indianapolis to represent most of us here in Florida and join the rest of Wade’s immediate and extended family at the visitation in Bloomington this afternoon. Debbie said it was amazing to see how they were dealing with the whole ordeal, but it’s partially because they can now have closure. It’s amazing how death, especially of a young person, brings family, friends and strangers together where there is weeping from grief, laughing from remembrances and reunion for those who have not seen each other in some time.

Tomorrow at 11 a.m. EST, Wade’s life will be celebrated in a worship service conducted by a woman rabbi whom Wade had become friends with in a large evangelical church worship center attended by people of many different beliefs by all connected by their sense of loss.

I know that many issues about how Wade was even able to get in the room in the first place, why it wasn’t completely searched at the beginning, etc. will need to be answered, but for now one chapter to this tragedy has been closed and Wade’s family can begin the healing process.

Thank you again to everyone for all the prayers, thoughts and concerns. Please continue to pray for Wade’s family and friends as they learn to live life without him. Pray also that lessons will be learned to keep this from ever happening to another student and their family again. Pray also for all the families that still don’t know what has happened to their missing loved ones. Dawn and Dale, Wade’s parents, feel so much empathy and compassion for these other parents that I wouldn’t be surprised if this continues to be a cause for them as a part of their healing. I know that Dale has already spoken to someone in a high government position in Indiana to address safety issues on college campuses.

Again, on behalf of the family, thank you. Ivan

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