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Department of Natural Resources officially in 'search mode'

The rain and high waters of the past week are still impacting a grim situation for the Department of Natural resources.

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 4:47 PM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The rain and high waters of the past week are still impacting a grim situation for the Department of Natural resources.

The search for Michael Bane in the Tippecanoe River is now in its third day, and they're now officially in "search" mode.

When it comes to a missing person, the department is either in "rescue" or "search" mode.

Captain Bill Browne said much of the decision is made based on time, information and risk. When the department is in rescue mode, it is actively looking for a person who can possibly be saved.

Browne said after weighing all variables, this case is no longer being looked at as a rescue.

"A person's life that you might be able to rescue is worth the risk, a person's body that has no life is not worth risking another life. So everything is toned down a bit, everything is scaled back a little bit but the search is still on because we want to bring closure to any grieving family," said Browne. 

Officers are using sonar to search below the surface, however cconditions are still too rough to send divers down.

We will continue to follow the progress of this search and update you as we learn more.

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