Missing Dugger man found dead in Wabash River

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Autopsy results have confirmed that a missing Dugger man was found deceased in the Wabash River near Patton, Ill., on April 1.

According to a press release issued by Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Joe Watts, the two-month long search for Shane R. Porter ended when a body was seen floating in the Wabash River near Patton.

Wabash County, Ill., Coroner Larry Hodgson used dental records to determine the deceased was Porter. The preliminary cause of death is listed as drowning, pending toxicology reports.

An autopsy was completed by Forensic Pathologist Dr. James. M. Jacoby.

Porter was last seen Feb. 8 around 5:15 p.m., and the search began soon after he failed to report to work that evening in Vincennes.

Around 8:15 the same evening, Vincennes police were alerted to a man swimming in the Wabash River. Indiana Conservation Officers took to the water by boat in an effort to search for the person allegedly seen in the water. Porter's car was located abandoned two days later near Memorial Bridge in Vincennes.

Since Porter went missing, Indiana Conservation Officers had been searching the water until the body was located on April 1, just 40 miles from Vincennes.

Friends and family members organized weekly search parties, led by Josh Hardesty, a friend of Porter's. Groups walked along the Wabash River in hopes of locating him.

Watts noted in the press release there were hundreds of man-hours used by several different agencies to help locate Porter.

The Indiana State Police and Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by Vincennes Police and Fire Departments, Vincennes Township Fire Department, Ohio Valley Search and Rescue, Wabash County (Ill.) Sheriff's Office, Wabash County (Ill.) Water & Rescue Team, Wabash County (Ill.) Emergency Management Services, and the Wabash County (Ill.) Coroner's Office.

"Hundreds of Indiana State Police and Indiana Conservation Officer man hours were used in this investigation. ISP troopers, detectives, and crime scene investigators, conducted several interviews, gathered physical evidence, and traced the final steps leading up to Porter's disappearance. Indiana Conservation Officers assisted with search parties, conducted interviews, patrolled numerous miles of the Wabash River over several days, all looking for signs of Shane Porter," Watts said.

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