The Indiana State Police Putnamville Post is currently working a missing person case and is seeking help from the public. The missing person is Shane R. Porter, age 37, of Dugger, Indiana. He is described as a white male, 6-02, 200 pounds, brown eyes, brown hair and last seen wearing blue jeans and a gray shirt.Porter is believed to be experiencing some family and mental issues.
Preliminary investigation has revealed Porter was last seen on Friday, February 8th around 5:15p.m. at his home in Dugger. Since that time, Porter has failed to report for work in Vincennes or contact any of his family members. On Friday evening, February 8th at 8:50 p.m., Vincennes City Police received a report from a citizen that a man was swimming in the Wabash River near the Pearl City area of Vincennes, which is just south of the George Rogers Clark Memorial.
Attempts by the caller to engage in conversation with the alleged swimmer were unsuccessful. Indiana Conservation Officers were called to the scene Friday evening and have been aggressively searching the Wabash River on a daily basis. DNR officers have yet to find the alleged swimmer or know for sure if the man in the water was Shane Porter.Porter’s vehicle was recovered Sunday evening in a parking area near the Wabash River and has been impounded pending examination by Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators.
The case is ongoing and anyone with information on Shane R. Porter or his whereabouts is urged to contact ISP Detective Tom Hanks or Trooper Polly Blackburn at the Putnamville Post 765.653.4114. Questions concerning the Indiana Conservation Officers should be directed to ICO Joe Haywood at 812.837.9536. Questions concerning the ISP investigation should be directed to ISP Sergeant Joe Watts. Assisting agencies were the Vincennes Police and Fire Departments, Vincennes Township Fire Dept., Knox County Emergency Management.