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Marion couple says son’s Singapore death was murder

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Mar 12 2013 10:50:21 PM MDT
Updated On: Mar 12 2013 10:57:32 PM MDT
MARION, Mont. -

Rick and Mary Todd, a Marion couple, says their son Shane Todd was murdered in Singapore. The Todds say Shane was found hanging in his Singapore apartment in June, and that officers showed them a typed up suicide note they say was fake.

According to the Todds, the words thanked the Institute of Microelectronics for opportunities they gave him. IME, they say, is a Singapore company Shane had hated. The Todds also hired their own pathologist, who they say discovered Shane had injuries indicating defensive actions, and that he had been in a fight before he died. 

Shane was a PHD, and an engineer who had been researching a material utilized in heat-resistant semiconductors.

The Todds say they found a hard drive in Shane’s Singapore apartment, and they say it contains an outline showing involvement from IME and a Chinese company called Huawei, on technology that would use a heat-resistant material known as gallium nitride. The material has both civilian and military uses.  

The Todds believe their son was asked to supply technology he thought might end up being used on Chinese military equipment. 

“Before our son was murdered, he called, starting the end of February, and told us that his life was being threatened,” said Shane’s mother, Mary Todd.

“Shane actually was involved in buying a machine, a very sensitive machine. It makes a substance called gallium nitride, and depending on the recipies, and things that are involved, it could be highly sensitive, as far as, in the defense industry. ” said Shane’s father, Rick Todd. 

In a statement, IME has said that the company and Shane Todd were not involved in a classified research project. Also, a Huawei vice president has said that the company is not involved in military technology, and that it does not work with IME in regard to gallium nitride.

The Todds have also rallied the support of lawmakers in Washington DC, where they recently traveled to meet with Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus. On Tuesday, Baucus met with a Singaporian minister to discuss Shane’s death.  

“Today’s meeting is about getting answers, getting complete answers. So far we’ve been unable to get the answers we need to know what happened to Shane Todd, and we are unable to know the degree to which there might be some breach of national security. I will impress upon the Foreign Minister that we have to get to the bottom of this, and so far answers have not been forthcoming,” said Baucus, in a released statement. 

Rick Todd points folks interested in watching Shane Todd’s funeral service to this link.