Search underway for missing Connersville man

FAYETTE CO –Indiana Conservation Officers are searching for a missing man in the vicinity of Mahan Park, commonly referred to as “Three-Mile Bridge,” near Highway 121 in Connersville.

After receiving notification from Fayette County Dispatch at approximately 5:45 p.m., Thursday, Conservation Officers arrived on the scene and discovered a vehicle and several articles belonging to Robert L. Austin, 26, of Connersville.

Conservation Officers, with assistance from other agencies, are currently searching the Whitewater River with boats and sonar, as well as utilizing an ISP helicopter and drones.  

The search will conclude this evening at dark and resume tomorrow morning.

If you have any information of Robert L. Austin’s whereabouts, you are urged to call the Indiana Conservation Officer Dispatch Center at (812)837-9536 or Fayette County Dispatch at (765) 825-2111.

Agencies assisting in the search are Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Everton Fire Department, Laurel Fire Department, Fayette EMS, Bentonville Fire Department, and Richmond Fire Department.

An update will be provided as information becomes available.  

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