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Documentary Set on Death of Nebraska Professor

Documentary Set on Death of Nebraska Professor

By The Associated Press. CREATED Feb 10, 2012

Chadron, NE (AP) - A documentary film is being produced about the disappearance and death of a Chadron State College math professor in northwest Nebraska.

The burned body of 46-year-old Steve Haataja was found tied to a tree about a mile southeast of the campus in March 2007. He'd last been seen in December 2006.

Scottsbluff radio station KNEB reports the college is not involved in Dave Janetta's film project and that his crew doesn't have access to nonpublic parts of the campus.

Authorities say Haataja died of smoke inhalation, but there was no official conclusion on whether he killed himself or was murdered.

Janetta says his film is tentatively titled "The Mystery of the Math Professor." He hopes a distributor will be found once his film is seen in various festivals.


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