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CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana Conservation Officers are searching for a missing swimmer in the Tippecanoe River. According to DNR officers, the missing person is believed to be 38-year-old Michael S. Bane of Delphi. Bane has not been seen or heard from by family or friends since Sunday around 7:30 a.m. It is believed Bane intended to swim across the river to a friends house.
Officers said while nobody saw Bane enter the water, local residents heard a man yelling for help Sunday morning. They then saw a man floating downstream as he yelled. Witnesses were unable to take any action before seeing him disappear below the surface near the Tecumseh Bend. Various shore and boat-based searches were conducted.
Due to the speed of the current, the department was unable to use divers.
Indiana Conservation Officers will continue to patrol the area by boat and follow up on any leads related to any missing person report.
Although not above flood stage, recent heavy rains have caused river levels to rise. This is the second moving water-related response in the past 24 hours, in Carroll County.
Officers are warning people to be cautious on and near the water.