Body of missing Battle Ground man recovered from Tippecanoe River

Michael S. Bane

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. – Authorities say the body of a missing Battle Ground man was recovered Tuesday from the Tippecanoe River near Arrow Point Ct. in White County.

Family members were able to identify the body as 38-year-old Michael S. Bane because of his tattoos, according to DNR. The White County coroner will determine his official cause of death.

DNR says residents of Carroll County heard Bane floating downstream, yelling for help just after 8 a.m. Sunday. Witnesses were unable to take any action prior to seeing him disappear below the surface.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene and conducted various searches using boats. The speed of the current prevented the use of divers.

Conservations officers say Bane hadn’t been seen or heard from by family and friends since around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. It’s believed that he was attempting to swim across the river to get to a friend’s house.

Although not above flood stage, recent heavy rains have caused river levels to rise in Carroll County.  Authorities say not to underestimate the power of moving water and to always wear a life jacket.