This continues the post about Eric Haider. I found some new details in an article I had not seen before. Maybe I just missed those details them but I thought I’d post it here anyway to have a more complete case description.
The article about Eric Haider is from Fox West Dakota. The new (to me) details I found are as follows:
A: In the autopsy, pathologists stated: “Positioning of the body at the time of excavation is suggestive of the decedent working on a pipe at the time of demise.”
I had read that Eric’s remains were found in a crouched down but upright position. It looked as if he was sitting down, pulling up his knees, and hugging them with his arm like in a “protective child position.”
I took this screen shot (including the credits) from the clip in the news article. It explains the bodily position better. My problem here is calling this crouching down. I see a man squatting.
If I hear squatting I think about the body resting on the toes, knees bend, with normally a straight spine.
To me crouching means doubling up, making a ball, with the spine bending forwards, chin to the chest, arms around the knees, head rolling down. This position can be done sitting as well.
B: His pacemaker indicated death around 12:19pm on May 24, 2012. This is five minutes after two coworkers started backfilling a hole that day. Those two men could have been charged with manslaughter or gross negligence. However, there isn’t enough circumstantial evidence to charge them.
C: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration could not investigate the case because the statute of limitations had expired.
D: In North Dakota, the statute of limitations for manslaughter and negligent homicide expires after three years.
Eric Haider from Bismarck, North Dakota, who went missing from his job site on May 24, 2012. In 2015, his remains were found about half a mile southwest of that particular job site. They were found in a 6-foot deep hole at a construction site in Dickinson, ND. Suggestions were raised that Eric was killed by accident. Was he hit with machinery on the job site? Is this a cover-up?
I will be following this case. Should you have any links to updates please contact me so we can update Eric’s post.