UW-Whitewater student's death ruled accidental

Student's body found in limestone quarry

Published On: Oct 10 2012 02:22:21 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 10 2012 03:34:12 PM CDT
WHITEWATER, Wis. -

Investigators have concluded the death of a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student who fell in a limestone quarry this summer was accidental.

The body of 21-year-old Benjamin Fuder was found July 29 in the Whitewater Limestone Quarry in the Town of Whitewater. Fuder had been reported missing the night before after being last seen in downtown Whitewater.

The Walworth County Coroner's Office ruled that Fuder fell from the rim to the floor of the quarry and that his death was an accident. He died of a head injury.

"The cause of death was due to traumatic head trauma along with significant other conditions, which were the presence of ethanol, cannabinoids and psilocin," according to a Walworth County Sheriff's Office news release. 

The Walworth County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that it found no evidence of any criminal behavior and that it agrees with the coroner's office that the manner of death was accidental.

Fuder's body isn't the only one found at Whitewater Limestone Quarry. Another dead UW-Whitewater student was discovered in May 2011 at that Franklin Street facility, which is just outside the Whitewater city limits.