DNA analysis confirms identity of Beaver Dam explosion victim, police say

BEAVER DAM, Wis. - Officials have confirmed the name of the man who died in a Beaver Dam apartment explosion.

He is being identified as Benjamin Morrow, 28, of Beaver Dam. Beaver Dam police said they identified Morrow's remains through DNA analysis with cooperation from the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory in Madison.

The source of the explosion was volatile chemical materials, according to Beaver Dam police. Authorities have ruled out terrorism but said the materials found were used to make bombs. 

Morrow's longtime pastor, the Rev. Jerry Marsden, said Morrow is the man who died last Monday in a blast inside a unit at the Village Glen Apartments. 

Marsden wouldn't comment on the incident out of respect to Morrow's family and their wishes to remain quiet. However, he did tell News 3 he would “stand up and defend him” if he could. 

Marsden will preside at Morrow's funeral service Thursday in Madison.

Morrow attended Pensacola Christian College and earned a bachelor's degree in pre-pharmacy with minors in mathematics and chemistry. He graduated in 2013. He worked as an associate scientist at PPD in Middleton, according to his obituary. His latest job was in the quality department at Richelieu Foods in Beaver Dam.  He is described as a hard worker, avid reader and friendly. To read the entire obituary, click here

Authorities said the materials found in Morrow's apartment are so dangerous the only way to destroy it is to burn the entire building down in a controlled burn.  The burn is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday. 

Beaver Dam police are leading the investigation into the explosion and working with the FBI. 

Officials will be holding a 4 p.m. news conference Wednesday to discuss identifying Morrow's body.

The FBI has set up a 24-hour tip line for anyone who may have information about the investigation. The number is 1-800-225-5324.

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