Missing UW-Whitewater student found dead in quarry

Student was reported missing Saturday night
Missing UW-Whitewater student found dead in quarry

A missing University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student has been found dead in a limestone quarry in Walworth County.

The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office said the body of Benjamin R. Fuder was found Sunday about 6:45 a.m. The circumstances of his death were not immediately released.

Fuder was last seen in downtown Whitewater shortly after midnight Saturday morning. He was reported missing to the Whitewater Police Department at about 11:40 p.m. Saturday.

His body was found at the Whitewater Limestone Quarry in the Town of Whitewater, just outside the Whitewater city limits. The coroner responded and identified the body as that of Fuder, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A statement from the sheriff’s office didn’t indicate whether authorities suspect foul play. An email to Sheriff David Graves on Sunday was not immediately returned.

Sheriff’s officials said the investigation remains ongoing, and Whitewater police detectives are working closely with the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office in a joint investigation.

Detectives said they are seeking any information people may have about this case, including the return of the victim’s cellphone by an unidentified person.

Anyone with information should contact Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Detective Troy Pagenkopf at 262-741-4426. 

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