Obituary: man killed in apartment explosion had background in chemistry

Published: Mar. 14, 2018 at 8:57 AM CDT
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Beaver Dam Police say a man killed in an apartment building explosion has been positively identified as Benjamin J. Morrow.

Investigators confirmed the 28-year-old man's identity through DNA analysis completed at the State Crime Lab in Madison.

The Wisconsin State Journal spoke with Morrow's pastor, Rev. Jerry Marsden. Marsden told the paper, "I’d love to defend Ben because he has been described as a bomb maker and he’s not a bomb maker."

Funeral services for Morrow will be held Thursday in Madison and burial will take place in Appleton. An obituary says that Morrow's parents live in Black Creek.

Morrow's obituary says he received a Bachelor's degree in Pre-Pharmacy with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics. He worked as an Associate Scientist at a Middleton company and later worked in quality control at a company in Beaver Dam.

Morrow was killed March 5 in an explosion in apartment 11 at Village Glen Apartments on Knaup Drive. The blast blew out windows and the sliding glass door of the unit.

A team of explosives experts had to conduct a controlled blast following the discovery of what police described as "highly volatile homemade explosives." The materials were described as "too sensitive" to be handled.

Crews are planning to burn down what remains of the building on Thursday.

Investigators have said that there is no evidence to link terrorism to this case.

The FBI has set up a 24-hour tip line for people with information on the investigation. Call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) and choose option 3.