Police investigate death of Steven Lewis Weinbrenner Afghanistan Contractor
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Hobart police say Weinbrenner’s son said his father was a chemist and working as a private contractor in Afghanistan.
“He was home on leave for two weeks and was feeling a little depressed, not wanting to go back,” Evans said
Hobart Community May 3, 2012
Police are investigating the death of a 59-year-old Hobart man whose body was found lying near a container of potassium cyanide.
“We’re not ruling anything out as to the cause of death,” police Detective David Evans said.
The deceased is identified as Steven Lewis Weinbrenner, Evans said.
Police were called to the Weinbrenner home, in the 300 block of Fox Trail Court, shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a call from the deceased man’s son.
Both the Hobart Fire Department and Hazmat personnel were called to the scene because of the potassium cyanide found in the house, Evans said.
Hazmat personnel removed the body to a secure site.
Weinbrenner had been employed as a chemist, but was most recently working as a private contractor for the government in Afghanistan, Evans said.
Evans said Weinbrenner had been home, but was scheduled to go back to Afghanistan later this week.
The death investigation by police will be concluded once reports are received from both the Lake County Coroner and Hazmat, Evans said.
Evans said it’s his understanding that at least a couple of the firefighters who were called to the scene had to be taken to St. Mary Medical Center because they fell ill.
Hobart Fire Chief Brian Taylor could not be reached for comment about their condition
Steven L. Weinbrenner , International Safety Director, Black & Veatch