Nearby neighbors speak out about search for Paul Etter

Andrew Antonio's home sits right across from Etters' family farm. Antonio was out of town over the weekend and he said he's grateful this timing worked in his favor.

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 8:10 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2019 8:11 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — As law enforcement continues their search for Paul Etter, neighbors of his parents' farm are recalling past encounters with him.

News 18 met one neighbor who's had many interactions with Etter through the years.

Andrew Antonio's home sits right across from Etters' family farm. Paul Etter has been managing that farm through the years.

Antonio was out of town over the weekend and he said he's grateful this timing worked in his favor.

“We just got back into town last night so now we're actually staying with my in-laws just to make sure we're safe and everything is taken care of before we go back to the house,” said Antonio.

When the Antonio family returned home this weekend, they never expected to learn their neighbor's son Paul would be accused of abducting someone.

“I see him go in and out every day. We wave to each other, you know, we're cordial,” said Antonio.

Antonio's home sits across from the Etter's family farm. Even with just a wave and a smile here and there, he still noticed something different about him.

“He's definitely an eccentric guy, off-centered kind of guy but once you start talking to him he doesn't stop,” said Antonio. “He's always talking about all tons of different things going on.”

Antonio's daughter Grace said she just had a conversation with Etter a few weeks ago while cleaning some trash outside her home.

“He has this short driveway and there's this gate and so he had to get out of his car and open his gate and he started to have a conversation with me,” said Grace Antonio.

She felt the conversation was kind of odd.

“You hear all these stories about people obviously getting captured so I was a little creeped out,” said Grace. “I was a little scared. I was just kind of giving short answers. I'm very glad that I didn't keep talking with him and I went into the house right away.”

Antonio hopes this search comes to an end soon.

“I hope he turns himself in and doesn't get escalated to the point of no return,” said Antonio.

Antonio's home previously belonged to another member of the Etter family. He was concerned that Paul Etter could potentially be in his home since he would know how to navigate it. Law Enforcement is currently securing the area.

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