Body found confirmed as Haider: Private investigators helped find man who went missing May 2012 in Dickinson

A private investigation firm played a role in discovering the body of a man who went missing off a north Dickinson job site three years ago, its owner said.

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Police vehicles sit at an excavation site Friday on 40th Street in north Dickinson, where investigators are exhuming skeletal remains found late Thursday night. (Dustin Monke / The Dickinson Press)
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A private investigation firm played a role in discovering the body of a man who went missing off a north Dickinson job site three years ago, its owner said.


Authorities and investigators confirmed Friday that the body found May 21 at a construction site off 40th Street West was that of Eric Haider, who had been working for a plumbing company near the site when he went missing May 24, 2012 .


Haider’s remains had been uncovered during excavation for the construction of the new street near its corner with Fourth Avenue West late the evening of May 21. The body was then exhumed throughout the day May 22 and was transferred that day to the University of North Dakota forensics lab in Grand Forks for testing.



Detective Sgt. Kylan Klauzer wrote in a statement Friday that positive identification was made through medical records, distinguishable tattoos and personal effects found in clothing that was on the body.


Haider’s cause of death has not been determined, Klauzer stated.


The owner of Discovery Investigations, Inc., in Rapid City, S.D. -- who asked to be referred to only by his first name, Ron -- did not give details of how the investigative firm uncovered Haider’s remains and would not say whether or not the firm was working with the construction company at the site.


He issued a statement Friday that Discovery Investigations had been looking into the case since being hired by Haider’s family March 21 and had also been working with Dickinson Police. The owner said he turned the investigation over to the police as soon as Haider’s body was uncovered.



“We just happened to be fortunate enough to try to bring some closure to the family,” said Ron, who added that his firm is acting as spokesman for Haider’s family. “They need some time to rest. It’s been a tough go for them for three years.”


Forensic medical examination will continue and further information will be released as it becomes available from the North Dakota State Forensic Medical Examiner’s Office. That process could take up to five weeks, Dickinson Police stated last week.


Haider’s mother, Maryellen Suchan, told Rapid City TV station KOTA on Friday that her son’s body was well preserved, and his wallet and cellphone were found on him.


She declined an interview request from The Press.



Haider was 30 years old and living in Bismarck when he went missing. He was working on a job for Bismarck-based Cofell’s Plumbing and Heating, Inc., less than a mile from where his body was found.


An exhaustive search for Haider in weeks following his disappearance turned up nothing. He had officially been listed as a missing person.


Jay Cofell, owner of Cofell’s Plumbing and Heating, said he was “very sorry” to hear that the body had been confirmed to be Haider.


He said his company and the employees who were working with Haider the day of his disappearance and had cooperated with police investigations. He added that he hopes the confirmation that the body found was Haider helps bring closure to those who were close to him.


“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and those friends, relatives and co-workers,” he said.


Eric Haider
Eric Haider

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