He was reported missing Saturday, May 28, 2011 by friends and family. His best friend, Clayton Jones, reported to the press that it would have been uncharacteristic of Mark to wander off.
Mark had last been heard from at 1:42 a.m. Saturday morning. Cell phone records show he made it to Prairie Street, one block North of the house party, meaning he only had to head one block West to arrive home. However, the Walworth County Today reported that "cell phone towers are not precise when searching for an individual signal." Capt. Dana Nigbor of the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office told the paper that Wegener could have been anywhere within an eight-block radius of his home.
Sadly, on May 30, 2011 at approximately 7:35 a.m., the body of Mark Wegener was located on the property of Whitewater Limestone at 9074 S. Franklin Street just outside the city limits of Whitewater. The area is about 2 miles South of Prairie Street, the opposite direction of the cell phone signal and Mark’s home. It has not been reported why Mark ended up at the quarry. According to a police report from the Walworth County Sheriff's Department, “the body was found on the base of the gravel pit and initial investigation indicates that he had fallen from the ledge above.” Foul play is not suspected. An autopsy has been scheduled and an investigation is ongoing.
An extensive search for Wegener had been underway when his body was discovered.
"We will miss him forever and no one will ever forget him," friend Heather Bong said. "He was such a good person. He was always genuine and always funny. Everyone knew Mark and liked him and always had something good to say about him."
If you have any information about Mark Wegener, call the Whitewater Police Department at 262-473-0555 or the Crime Stoppers Tip line at 262-723-2677.
Facts of Interest:
Name/age: Mark Wegener, 20
School: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Last seen: May 28, 2011, 1 a.m. Boone Court and Center Street, Whitewater, WI (Last cell phone contact 1:42 a.m., Prairie Street, Whitewater, WI).
Recovered: May 30, 2011, Whitewater Limestone, 9074 S. Franklin Street, Whitewater, WI
Physical Description: 5’9”, 240 pounds, short brown hair
Last seen wearing: green t-shirt, plaid shorts, Birkenstock sandals