Purdue checks their electrical utility rooms once a year? From the following link:
"June 2006 was the last time someone performed maintenance on high-voltage equipment in a room where Wade S. Steffey was found Monday."
So, the door to the outside is left open, accidentally. What an incredible breach of security! And the only time anyone was in there was during the search, when, apparently, somebody glanced inside and didn't see anything...did the searcher not see anything because Wade was behind a transformer, as stated in the article, or was he not there? Of course, that possibility is pure speculation on my part, as there has not been any hint of foul play in this case. Still, his friends said he was not drunk when he left the party. Yet, he forgot his coat. In Indiana. In January. I've been in Indiana in January; my coat, and hat, and boots and gloves were never far from my mind.
Some very interesting comments with this entry by Steve Huff. Please read especially the first comment. Some interesting comments under the same article posted at
At both places, former Purdue students who have been following the case have checked in. Reading there, I see that my suspicion, paranoid or not, is shared by quite a few.
I wonder if an autopsy will show whether or not he was drunk.
Even The Early Show on CBS this morning was a bit concerned:
"The same university that couldn't find Wade Steffey for two months has promised a complete investigation."
Perhaps an independent investigation might be in order.
The university spokesperson said that the room was "too dangerous to search." They would have had to "shut off power" to the dorm, in order to search the room. Gee...(sarcasm)...can't have that! All the students might grumble if they can't get to their MySpace for a few minutes!
Can you tell that I have ambivalent feelings about this?