Brian Studer's memory lives on 27 years later

Teen shooting death case remains unsolved; sheriff says there are "three primary persons of interest" and asks "anyone with information to come forward."
Scott Seitz2
Jun 14, 2013


Twenty-seven years later, the murder of an 18-year-old New Washington man remains unsolved.

Brian L. Studer's body was found on April 26,1986 by a game warden on routine patrol in the Willard Marsh Wilderness Area south of Bullhead Road. Studer was shot in the head and chest by a large-caliber weapon.

"We know pretty much the story surrounding the death, but we're not going to release that yet," Huron County Sheriff Tom Dunlap said in an April 28, 1986 Reflector article. "We have a good idea who committed the murder," Dunlap said then.

Fast-forward to 2013 and Dunlap is now a Huron County commissioner.

Many theories circulated at the time and to this day about what actually happened that night of Studer's murder.

This week, Dunlap and other authorities who were involved in the investigation shed light on the case in a front-page story in Friday's Norwalk Reflector. It's the second installment of a three-part series about unsolved deaths in Huron County. So you don't miss stories such as these, sign up for home delivery by calling 419-668-3771 or subscribe to the e-paper (a complete digital replica of each issue) for less than $1 per week and read the full-version of the stories online.




Sad how many yrs have went by and no Justice for Brian. His killer has been free for 27yrs, he got to live his life while he took another. smh


So glad to see these cases brought to light again. Hopefully these murders can still be solved.

Yall Make Me Sick

Now lets bring these 3 suspects to light & get this case solved!


I agree!

Richard Russell

I remember Brian for everything he was and miss everything that he could have become. He was a good young man and it would be admirable to see this case brought to justice, even after all these years.



Thanks Reflector. Glad you put this out. This county has its share of garbage & it stinks! Hope Larry R. is still doing time.


In the Toledo Blade archives April 29 1988 there is a newspaper article about the gun used in Brian's Murder. Where they had a lead on a 38 caliber hand gun they sent for testing. The article in today's paper said they had a lead in the mid 90's about the gun being in Mansfield that was a blind lead.
Just wish they could find his killer and bring peace to the family and friends of Brian.