Parents of student found dead after becoming informant file wrongful death lawsuit


Two years after Andrew Sadek's body was found in the Red River, his parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed Monday against Richland County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Weber and Richland County, alleges they acted negligently and carelessly when they made Sadek became an informant, and they failed to "reasonably supervise" him.

Weber and the county were the "direct and proximate cause of the untimely and tragic death of Andrew Sadek," the lawsuit claims.

The Sadeks are seeking an unspecified amount of damages for the mental anguish, emotional distress and grief they suffered following the death of their 20-year-old son.

A timeline leading up to Sadek's death

Sadek, who was a North Dakota State College of Science student, had been caught selling marijuana in April 2013.

He became an informant for the Richland County Sheriff's Office in hopes of avoiding a lengthy prison sentence. From November 2013 to January 2014, he completed three drug buys as an informant.

Sadek and Weber were in monthly contact until mid-April 2014, the lawsuit alleges.

Then on May 2, 2014, Sadek was reported missing. He was last seen alive leaving the NDSCS campus the day before.

His body was found in the Red River, near Breckenridge, Minnesota, on June 27, 2014. He had a gunshot wound to his head and a backpack full of rocks tied around his waist.

An autopsy found Sadek died of a gunshot wound, but the manner of death was "undetermined."

In April of this year, the Sadeks requested the FBI or the U.S. Department of Justice take over the investigation into the student's death.

The case has also drawn national attention. CBS’s “60 Minutes” examined Sadek’s case (and other similar ones) last fall. And last December, a U.S. senator from Tennessee said he wanted the practice of using low-level offenders as drug informants investigated.

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