People living along Tippecanoe River react to missing person

Many neighbors saw the distressed swimmer disappear under the water.

Posted: Jun 25, 2018 6:10 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2018 6:11 PM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)-- People living along the Tippecanoe River said they have heavy hearts today.

Many of them saw the distressed swimmer disappear under the water. Linda and Richard Bloch have owned a home along the Tippecanoe River for nearly 20 years.

"You almost can't say anything because it's just so awful," said Linda.

And in that time, Richard said he's never witnessed anything like this.

"We were there when someone who was a friend of his drove by was actually looking for him," Richard remarked.

He's referring to 38-year-old Michael Bane, the man investigators now believe is the person they are looking for in the Tippecanoe River.

Bane's family said the last time they saw him was right before the incident happened.

Corporal Ryan Blackman with the Department of Natural Resources said several witnesses heard someone yelling for help in the water.

"Once it got to a certain point, the yells stopped and no one could locate the subject again," said Blackman.

Many neighbors said watching it happen and not being to do anything about it, is perhaps the hardest part of the situation.

"I mean I think most people have kind of a somber effect from the event."

But Blackman said based on the water conditions, they made the right choice.

"If they're not from around this area they don't know how much rain we had and just how fast the water is moving so it's still very dangerous to be out there."

The department is relying on sonar to pick up anything it can in the water. A few things have popped up, but at this point, it's too rough to send divers down. The Blochs believe they speak for the entire neighborhood when it comes to the pain they feel for the family.

The DNR said for now this is still an active search but it's likely the department will take a second look at plans in the coming days.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the department at 812-837-9536. 

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