07-17-2009, 09:32 PM #1
NJ - Ben Maurer, 17, Piscataway, June 2002
16 July 09
The body of a teenager from New Jersey, who vanished seven years ago after visiting his girlfriend and heading to a pool hall several miles from his home in Piscataway, has been found, police confirmed Wednesday.
Ben Maurer, 17, made headlines when he went missing back in June of 2002 after going to a pool hall in Dunellen with his girlfriend. The girl's mother reportedly offered to drive him home that night, but he declined and said he would rather walk. Maurer's parents immediately alerted authorities after their teenage son failed to come home or show up for work the next day at his father's painting business.
Maurer's family had worked relentlessly to locate their son since his disappearance, doing everything they can from setting up Myspace pages to plastering signs all over their hometown, in hopes of finding the missing Piscataway High School student.
But now, thanks to DNA testing conducted last month, the body of Ben Maurer has been identified.
According to authorities, Maurer died June 26, 2002, one day after his disappearance, in New York. His body had been found, apparently without ID, and buried six weeks after his death in a potter's field on New York's Hart Island, the repository for more than a half-million of the city's unidentified dead.
It remains a mystery to investigators as to how Maurer made his way from New Jersey to New York. So far, a cause of death has not been determined.
Maurer's remains have been returned to Piscataway, where his family, plans on giving him a proper burial at Resurrection Burial Park on Saturday."Don't forget the kangaroo!"
07-17-2009, 11:48 PM #2Registered User
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Wow I am so glad the family has closure, but darn he died one day later and they don't know how? Prayers for the family.
08-29-2012, 07:57 AM #3Registered User
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Looks like they did know Bens cause of death.
NEW YORK — On a wind-swept island off New York City, the remains of 850,000 people rest in pine boxes in a grid of covered trenches — but many are not resting in peace.
They are the unidentified or unclaimed dead who have been found around the nation's largest city — often with little hope of a loved one ever knowing their fate. Now, with advances in DNA technology and anthropology and with new federal funding, the city medical examiner's office has exhumed dozens of the bodies in a new push to identify several decades' worth.
It's how Ben Maurer's family finally learned that the 17-year-old had jumped to his death from a Manhattan building on June 25, 2002.
His mother, Germaine, submitted his DNA to the medical examiner in 2009, when the first phase of the project began. The DNA was entered into a public database containing information on thousands of cases of missing and unidentified people — and matched a John Doe buried in the potter's field on 101-acre Hart Island on Long Island Sound.
Hopefully more of NYCs UIDs will get their identities back with this new round of testing.
Last edited by Centerice; 08-29-2012 at 07:58 AM. Reason: Bolded for emphasis
08-29-2012, 08:03 AM #4
Wow, the people who got this DNA project going deserve medals. What a wonderful thing. My heart breaks for the families that have been waiting so many years to find out what happened to their loved ones.
Rest in peace, Ben. Poor kid.
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