Tippecanoe County man accused of abducting woman remains at large

On Sunday evening, Sheriff Bob Goldsmith said they had reason to believe Etter was at a residence in the 400 block of 900 East, however they were unable to find him. He said they will continue searching throughout the night.

Posted: Jun 23, 2019 11:44 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Five different police agencies are searching for 55-year-old Paul Etter, who is suspected of "kidnapping and sexual" crimes, according to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office.

On Sunday evening, Sheriff Bob Goldsmith said they had reason to believe Etter was at a residence in the 400 block of 900 East, however they were unable to find him. He said they will continue searching throughout the night.

Deputies said a woman notified police around 5 p.m. Saturday that a man abducted her. She told police she was taken against her will after he stopped to help her with a flat tire in the east-central part of Tippecanoe County.

According to deputies, the man then took her to another location and held her there for several hours. Police said he then released the woman in another location.

Deputies on the scene said Etter fled arrest around near State road 26 and 775 East. Indiana State Police, Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department, Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Dayton Police were all on scene. Deputy Chief Hartman told News 18 at the scene that they were trying to arrest him when he drove away and then ran.

Etter is believed to be armed and dangerous.

An ISP helicopter and an LPD drone searched from the sky, while K9s from LPD and officers from various agencies searched on the ground.

News 18 saw them tow away the suspect's car. It was a dark colored SUV.

The search for the man is still ongoing. The sheriff's department is warning those in the area not to open any doors.

Sheriff Bob Goldsmith said the office has been receiving an outstanding number of calls from concerned neighbors about the ongoing search. If you live in or near the area of the incident, Sheriff Goldsmith said to be mindful of your surroundings and call the office only if something seems out of the ordinary at your residence. 

He said deputies and police are actively looking for the suspect and resources are limited. 

West Lafayette
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 90°
Kokomo
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 88°
Rensselaer
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 85°
Fowler
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 85°
Williamsport
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 86°
Crawfordsville
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 84°
Frankfort
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 84°
Delphi
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 85°
Monticello
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 85°
Logansport
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 63°
Hotter & More Humid with Some Storms, Then a Cool-Down
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 78632

Reported Deaths: 3113
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion16437734
Lake7952283
Elkhart505191
Allen4161164
St. Joseph376683
Hamilton3033104
Vanderburgh212215
Hendricks1978109
Johnson1819119
Cass18139
Porter141539
Clark135250
Tippecanoe129312
Madison106266
LaPorte96730
Howard94865
Kosciusko87812
Bartholomew86747
Floyd86150
Marshall80523
Monroe78432
Vigo77913
Delaware77752
Dubois72912
Noble71729
Boone71646
Hancock70239
Warrick61230
Jackson6075
Shelby57328
LaGrange57110
Grant53330
Dearborn52828
Morgan50135
Henry46720
Clinton4624
Wayne41010
White38411
Montgomery36721
Harrison36524
Lawrence35927
Decatur35332
Putnam3318
Daviess29620
Scott28110
Miami2792
Jasper2662
Greene25934
Franklin25116
Gibson2464
DeKalb2444
Jennings23312
Ripley2218
Steuben2173
Carroll2135
Fayette2097
Perry18913
Orange18824
Posey1840
Starke1817
Wabash1805
Wells1802
Fulton1752
Jefferson1752
Knox1711
Sullivan1631
Whitley1626
Tipton15516
Washington1531
Clay1505
Spencer1403
Randolph1345
Huntington1303
Adams1242
Newton12110
Owen1131
Rush1004
Jay970
Pulaski841
Brown762
Fountain762
Pike670
Blackford662
Benton640
Ohio636
Vermillion620
Switzerland590
Parke581
Martin530
Crawford500
Union420
Warren251
Unassigned0207

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events