Search for missing Indiana canoeist suspended

Photo provided by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Authorities say the search for a canoeist who was last seen in a central Indiana river has been suspended.

Witnesses reported seeing a person hanging onto the side of an overturned canoe Sunday afternoon.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources authorities say they searched Sunday afternoon and Monday morning along the Flatrock River in Shelby County.

Officials say rescue workers searched by boat, with sonar and dragged the river bottom. Search teams also worked along the river bank and talked to residents in the area.

Indiana Conservation Officers say they have exhausted all efforts to find the man reported to be in the river. Officials say if any new leads develop, or a person is reported missing, the search effort will be re-activated.

Late Sunday the Department of Natural Resources sent out the following update:

After the water search was concluded this evening, it was learned that a man matching the description of the victim was observed in a wooded area just north of the river.  Four men were rabbit hunting in the wooded area and stated that about 1:30 PM a man came up to them and asked if they had seen his dog.  The hunters stated the man was wearing a Colts jersey, blue jeans, a dark knit hat and carrying a brown jacket.  They also stated he was soaking wet from head to toe.  The man told the hunters he had went in the river looking for his dog.  He was further described as being mid-forties, average build and six feet tall.  The man declined the hunter’s offers of help and continued walking on foot.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Department is asking if you are this person, or you think you may know who it is, please contact the Sheriff’s Department.  Rescue personnel will be back on the river tomorrow searching until they can confirm that this person is home safe.   




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