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Wanted man found naked in cemetery

Friday, July 19, 2002

A Salem man was found naked in a cemetery and arrested on charges of second degree battery against his mother and commercial burglary of the Town and Country Supermarket in Salem July 15.

Salem Police Chief Albert Roork said the Fulton County Sheriff's office received a call at 1:44 a.m. from the Westside Apartment manager reporting a disturbance.

When Salem Police Officer Butch Blair arrived at the apartment complex located on Old Sturkie Road he discovered Doris Niederbrach, 61, in the foyer of her apartment suffering from extensive injuries to her face.

Roork said the injuries were so extensive officers first thought she had been shot, but medical reports later indicated she was hit with an object. She was transported to Fulton County Hospital and later transferred by helicopter to St. John's Hospital in Springfield where she is listed in serious condition.

Roork said witnesses told officers Niederbrach's son, Benard Niederbrach, 39, had attacked his mother after the two engaged in an angry dispute. The witnesses said Benard Niederbrach left the apartment complex in a red 1989 Geo Spectra. Officers then began a manhunt for Niederbrach.

Roork said he and Blair were patrolling in search of Niederbrach when they spotted his vehicle at the Fairview Cemetery located six miles south of Salem at approximately 4:30 a.m. The vehicle was unattended and the officers found several cartons of cigarettes and numerous Bic lighters in the hatchback of the car.

Roork said the officers scanned the cemetery with their spotlight but were unable to locate Niederbrach so they started walking the cemetery in search of him. They discovered him at the far end of the cemetery.

According to Roork, Niederbrach lunged at the officers, attacking them and verbally threatened to kill them. He said Niederbrach was naked and had been lying beside the grave of a family member when they found him.

Niederbrach was transported to the Fulton County jail.

At the time of Niederbrach's arrest officers were unaware that Town and Country had been burglarized. An employee discovered the forced entry into the store when he reported to work at approximately 6 a.m.

Roork said a brick had been thrown through the front door of the store and numerous cartons of cigarettes and lighters had been taken.

Though no charges had been filed at press time relating to Niederbrach's alleged threat and attack on Roork and Blair, Roork said there is a possibility charges may be filed at a later date.

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