Neighbors react to body pulled from Tippecanoe River

The DNR pulled a body out of the Tippecanoe River Tuesday afternoon.

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 11:44 PM
Updated: Jun 28, 2018 3:13 PM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) —Tuesday, a body was pulled from the Tippecanoe River in White County. For those living in the area, they said it was a sight that makes them see the river they call home a little differently.

"You don't like to think that that sort of thing could happen where you're at. But you know, it obviously did," said Bob Taylor.

Taylor has lived in his White County home that sits right off the Tippecanoe River, for ten years.

"When you live on the water, you always have to go to work, but when you come home it's like being on vacation," said Taylor.

However, when he came home from work Tuesday he heard some unsettling news.

"We were really shocked because we had just gotten home and we saw the police," said Taylor. "And we were hoping that wasn't where it happened at."

Taylor and his wife saw DNR and police down by the river. They assumed it was the man who went missing upstream just days ago. Michael Bane hadn't been seen since Sunday morning, when several of his neighbors saw a man struggling to swim in the Tippecanoe River, and called 9-1-1.

Tuesday, the body was pulled about five miles away from where Bane was last seen on Sunday.

"And this time of year, with all of the rain we've been having, the river is at a pretty good pace," said Taylor.

For Taylor, he said this experience has made him more on edge when it comes to the river - right in his backyard.

"It makes a little more wary and cautious when our grandkids are up," said Taylor.

The body is currently at the White County Coroner's office, pending formal identification. When that happens, we will have an update here on WLFI.com.

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