A young man disappears from Madison, Wisconsin, then two days later he’s found dead in Chicago.

Chad Maurer

He was found dead in his car

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In the spring of 1990, 19-year-old Chad Maurer was working in a bike shop in Madison, Wisconsin. A popular student and well-rounded athlete, Chad hoped to save up enough money to move to Colorado for college and snowboarding.

Chad’s clothes were bloody

On the afternoon of May 19th, Chad returned home to grab a quick lunch before returning to work. Everything seemed normal, including Chad’s request for gas money. Chad’s mother, Dolly Maurer, remembers that day vividly:

“There was nothing about him that was different. He wasn’t on edge. He was just so excited about the job. And he had a big smile on his face, as usual.”

Chad’s father, John Maurer, noticed nothing unusual either:

“I was standing right outside saying good-bye to him and I didn’t notice anything different either, about anything or the car. It was kind of cool out that day and I just don’t think he intended to go anywhere else or he would have had a jacket with him.”

But Chad didn’t make it back to work. He ended up 150 miles away in the south side of Chicago, one of the roughest neighborhoods in the country. That’s where a maintenance worker found Chad’s car abandoned in the garage of a housing complex. Inside the car, Chad lay dead, apparently from carbon monoxide poisoning. The Chicago police contacted the Maurers with the tragic news that their son had committed suicide. Chad’s mother could not believe it:

“My system went into shock. My brain went into shock. Chad had too much going for him. Chad had all his friends and Chad loved life. Chad was not depressed. Chad was not down. He had so many goals.” 

Was Chad’s murder drug related?

The Chicago police claimed there was no evidence of foul play, yet the knuckles on both of Chad’s hands had been skinned to the bone and there were bruises on his face. When the Maurers asked to see Chad’s old clothes, they found them stained with blood.  John and Dolly began to fear that their son had been murdered. They went to review police photos of their son’s body, along with Dane County Sheriff’s Department Detective David Bongiovani:

“The parents noted the jacket on the front seat was not a jacket they knew Chad owned.  It would be interesting to know if the jacket size is consistent with Chad’s size. Or it may give us an idea of the basic build of somebody that may have been in the car with him.”

The jacket was another clue pointing to the involvement of an unknown person in Chad’s death. The autopsy report also suggested that Chad had not taken his own life. The level of carbon monoxide in his body was 74%, much higher than usually found in a suicide.  While the findings proved that Chad had died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the extremely high levels suggested he had been put in the car while unconscious, rather than getting into the car under his own power. Det. Bongiovani:

“My understanding is that levels where they’re conscious, at the time they succumb to carbon monoxide, is about 50 to 60%. Levels that get up to 74 to 80% are more consistent with a person being unconscious or sleeping when they succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning, and that’s because people naturally have a tendency to breathe deeper and more methodically when they’re sleeping than when they’re awake.” 

The cause of Chad’s death was changed from suicide to undetermined and authorities began a full-blown investigation. The bike shop owner was quoted in a local newspaper saying he thought Chad had seemed afraid. Soon after the article appeared, the shop was vandalized. No other stores in the area were hit. It appeared someone was sending a message.

Chad’s story was aired on a local Crime Stoppers program in Madison. After the broadcast, a caller left a disturbing tip alleging that Chad was involved in a drug deal with people who lived in his apartment complex. These same people had previously lived on the south side of Chicago. Sgt. John W. Ridges is with the Chicago Police Department:

“We know through our intelligence sources that there is a pipeline of narcotics trafficking from Chicago to Madison. Now, there’s nothing in Chad’s background that would really suggest that he’s involved with narcotics. But because of this conduit, there’s a possibility that he might have been tricked into being involved in narcotics and narcotics trafficking.”

Det. Bongiovani has his own theories:

“Is it possible that somebody offered him money? Chad was looking for money and wanted to move to Colorado. He was hoping to get a couple thousand dollars to go there for a snowboarding and BMX event. Is it possible somebody offered him $500 to make the trip, and then when they got to Chicago, reneged on that, and an altercation occurred, with Chad obviously being the loser of that altercation?” 

Sgt. Ridge thinks that someone in the Madison area may know more than they are willing to tell:

“I think probably that’s who we’re trying to reach out to now, because we’re not going to know what happened inside that garage unless we know the circumstances surrounding how he got there, and that’s what we’re really after at this point.”

Chad’s mother, Dolly, is left to deal with the pain of not knowing:

“All we know in Chad’s case is that Chad is dead, and he ended up in Chicago, and we know he was beaten up. But why was he beaten up? How did he end up in Chicago? There are so many questions. And every day we wake up and we think a different thing that could have happened to Chad. I know it won’t bring Chad back, but we cannot rest, and we cannot put Chad to rest until we really have the answers to this case.” 


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season four with Robert Stack and in season eight with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

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16 Comments

  1. RR

    Very sad and there is absolutely no chance it will ever be known who killed him as it most likely were a bunch of scum gangbangers who live by a third world code of silence when it comes to reporting crimes. The promoters of the multi-cult killed this young man, had he not been convinced by his schooling that all who were born with a human continence (two arms, two legs, walks upright) were “equal” then he would never have been so foolish as to visit the ghettos of Chicago. Another sacrifice at the alter of diversity.

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  2. Snugs mom

    He’s buried in the cemetery next to the high school I went to. They don’t allow anyone bc of it being private property, but it’s right next to the high school, so we could easily go there… The bike shop he worked at is still there. This is one of the most sought out cases in madison, and remains unsolved, but my guess is, fear keeps whoever knows anything from speaking due to the south side of Chicago and the drug issues. Bc he went to the same high school, it’s a legend there, and most of us know about his case. My other guess, whoever did kill him, and yes, he was killed, murdered, taken.. probably went back to Chicago after the murder, and seeing as they were from there, not here, they will be almost impossible to find unless the case is reopened and Dna testing is done. The jacket could be the key, along with his car. But it’s been 25 years, and remains a tragedy as he gets no justice, nor his family and friends. Back then, drugs were at a high… Today it’s way higher and way worse, but back then, everyone was doing the D.A.R.E. So kids would understand not to do drugs. My heart goes out to him and his family, as I didn’t know him, I was 8/9 when he died, but bc it’s so easy to get to his grave and the same school, same town, and his work remains open, it’s so devastating. I don’t understand why Chicago police didn’t think homicide when they saw blood stains and his knuckles being skinned down to the bone… That’s ridiculous the parents had to get our LE involved to determine it wasn’t a suicide. It’s pretty black and white what happened, but, that’s not what matters, what question that does is, who, try not to forget that. Who…. If they could kill him, they could kill a witness or anyone with info that would talk… And I don’t think they ever came back after killing him, to stay undetected. The store being vandalized is a huge red flag that yeah, it’s def a msg to shut up. So it wouldn’t be out of question or reason that someone knows and they won’t talk, the south side is one of the roughest in the country, why would they snitch?! Unfort I don’t think it can ever be solved ESP after all this time, unless they can get dna or look into the codex(not sure how to spell) system to see if they are in the system.

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    • stroh

      It doesn’t surprise me the cops didn’t pursue an investigation in chicago. I had a vehicle stolen at my then home and it was found with a neighbor of mine in that damned town. However another car was stolen in my same town, same night. We trailered my vehicle the 100 miles home and took it to the local dealer for inspection. Dealer asked us to remove all our stuff so they didn’t have to move it. I started to clean it out and found a coat w/ my neighbors wallet in it, a duffle bag, etc and none of it ours. Went to get my sun glasses and they were gone but I found 2 joints in their place. After investigating chicago I find the cops stopped the vehicle and four guys bailed out (1 was my neighbor.) Obviously the cops didn’t even look at the vehicle our they would have found the drugs, coat/wallet, duffle bag etc. In my opinion chicago protected their own at our expense. The cops here searched my vehicle and didn’t find anything more but told me they would note on the title/record that it was a theft recovery and drugs had been found upon recovery…to help protect us at least. I wouldn’t expect ANY help from the inept cops in that damn chicago!

      My heart goes out to Chad and his family. I’m not certain but they may be kin to my kids but I don’t remember any talk of this while I was in the family.

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  3. Anonymous

    Very sad indeed.

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  4. Johnny

    Chad would probably still be alive if he wasn’t so ambitious. He could have went to college cheaper in Wisconsin as an in state student and put the snow boarding on hold. Only 19, Chad probably was a little naive when he was involved with the supposed drug deal. He probably thought of the $ not the inherent danger. My guess they reneged on payment and Chad was quickly subdued by 3 or 4 people and placed in the garage area. I think this could be solved with some good detective work maybe a Cold Case squad or CRMJ class looking into unsolved cases. Plenty of evidence with the jacket and blood.

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  5. Bnk

    I just have questions. With technology today can the coat get vacuumed for hair or skin cells then dna testing performed? If the criminal has been through the system we may get a dna match on CODIS( not dure if that is the correct name). Also, is it possible he succummed to the CO gas as a result of being stuffed in the trunk and his knuckles being bear from trying to punch open the trunk? Maybe his blood might be found on the underside of the boot.

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  6. Blue bird

    Chad Had met With Foul Play But Why would Some body Murder This Sweet Young man? I Really do believe Chad Was In The Wrong Place At The wrong Time!

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  7. Darren

    I think it is very sad that such a young life had to be taken so soon, and hope that who ever did it is found and put to death.

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  8. Anonymous

    I just watched this today and it broke my heart. I will be praying for the Maurer family to help them find out what happened to their son Chad

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  9. DK

    I also grew up in Chicago and love the city. It’s ashame that such a beautiful city has to have a drug problem. I hope someone finds what happened to Chad. Its to bad what happened to him. He was a gook looking kid and looked like he had a promising future ahead of him. God Bless Chad and his parents.

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  10. Jonathan

    If the parents of this young man (since he died a young man, he will forever remain one to his beloved parents) are reading this, please realize just because he was “involved with drugs” does NOT mean he was a bad person or even a criminal. I assume these people that lived in his apartment complex were obviously involved with some drug dealers on Chicago’s ghetto south side, and like speculated, they tried to stiff him on a payment for a ride he gave them, and this got ugly. Also, he could have seen something or walked in on a crime and then it happened. He did NOT kill himself, no way possible, and at least his parents can take comfort in that. When I was 19 (circa 2001) I was making drug runs to Philadelphia since it was a fast and easy way to make money for a 19 year old kid with a future ahead of them. May Chad rest in peace and I hope one day you at least get some FINAL closure (hire a PI to go after the neighbors he lived near and was in business with). I was only 7 years old when this happened, and the world is a VERY different, worse place today. You don’t have to drive to major cities to get drugs because most doctors will give them to you for free.

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  11. Anonymous

    Hopefully the family of this boy will start looking more into what happened as the Chicago Police is starting to make positive changes .

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  12. Anonymous

    wow

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Typically, we retain your Personal Data for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.  This may include retaining your Personal Data indefinitely, even after you are no longer a CMP member, in order to provide you with future marketing opportunities and other purposes, as well as to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, or enforce any of our agreements.  

 

Please note that you can request, at any time, that we delete your Personal Data.  All requests must be directed to the contact in the “Contact Information” section below.  We can decide to delete your Personal Data if we believe that the data is incomplete, inaccurate, or that our continued use and storage are contrary to our obligations to other members, individuals, or third parties.  When we delete your Personal Data, it will be removed from our active databases or anonymized so that the data is no longer identified with you, but the data may remain in our archives if CMP determines that it is not practical or possible to delete it.

Your Personal Data is processed in the United States, where privacy laws may be less stringent than the laws in your country and where the government, courts, or law enforcement may be able to access your data.  By submitting your Personal Data to us, you agree to the transfer, storage and processing of your Personal Data in the United States.

You, as the data subject, have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work, or place of the alleged infringement, if you believe that the processing of your personal data does not comply with legal requirements.

In the event we determine the occurrence of a data security incident, we will notify you by email, US mail, telephone, or other means as permitted by law.

If you have questions, comments, or complaints concerning our privacy practices or if you wish to change, access, or remove your Personal Data, please contact us as indicated below.  We will attempt, where practical, to respond to your requests and to provide you with additional privacy related information.

Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. is the owner of this Website and retains all ownership rights to the information collected at this Website. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. reserves the right to change, modify, add, or remove provisions of this Privacy Statement. Any changes to this Privacy Statement will be posted here, and we encourage you to check back from time to time. In addition, Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. will notify registered users of changes as they occur.

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org. Your use of the site constitutes your agreement to accept cookies, beacons and third-party advertising. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for third-party ads.

ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.