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Safety remains paramount in search for Paul Etter

Safety remains a concern for neighbors Monday after a woman needing help changing a flat tire was allegedly sexually assaulted and kidnapped Saturday.

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 11:33 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2019 11:36 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Safety remains a concern for neighbors Monday after a woman needing help changing a flat tire was allegedly sexually assaulted and kidnapped Saturday.

Local law enforcement continue to search for 55-year-old Paul Etter.

This is the third day deputies and officers have patrolled State Road 26 between County Road 775 East and 900 East.

They are using dogs and drones to try to find Etter.

No roads in that area are closed.

Sheriff Bob Goldsmith said if anyone sees Etter, they should call police immediately  and you can also call dispatch if you're in any situation where you feel unsafe.

That number is 765-423-9321

"If you are in a place that you are not familiar with and it's dark and you're out in the country, you're out in the city and you are having car problems and things like that and don't know where you are, do not be afraid to call the police," said Goldsmith. "You never know. There may be an officer right around the corner from you. You just never know. Just be cautious."

As we reported, the woman who called police said she needed help changing a flat tire when the attacker pulled over around 5 o'clock on Saturday.

She was taken to a home and released hours later.

The search for Etter has been going on since Saturday.

Sheriff Goldsmith said deputies will be searching through the night.

You can keep up with the search by following WLFI's social media accounts along with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office. 

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