UPDATE: Missing Sunman-Area Man Finds Way Home
By Mike Perleberg
Update posted Tuesday, June 10 at 7:24 a.m.:
A 56-year-old man who had been missing since Saturday walked through his front door and into his home Tuesday morning.
Paul R. Batta had last been seen riding away from his home on North Dearborn Road near Sunman around 8:00 p.m. Saturday. On Monday, police, firefighters, and water rescue crews spread out to search woods, fields, and ponds until dark.
Batta’s bicycle was located near a campsite-type area off of Lawrenceville Road, said Dearborn County Sheriff’s Captain Gaylord Hartsburg.
The search was poised to begin again Tuesday morning when Batta returned home on his own. A close friend of the family who was helping out at the home told Eagle 99.3 that they were feeding animals on the Batta farm when Paul arrived home at around 7:00 a.m.
Among the first things he did was take a shower, said Michelle Mann.
Paul’s wife, Ruth Ann Batta, described the past few days as difficult, but didn’t want to say more.
Hartsburg said there was no reason to suspect foul play in Batta’s disappearance. The sheriff’s captain was going to the Batta home to check on Paul and speak with the family Tuesday morning.
Original story posted Monday, June 9 at 1:44 p.m.:
(Sunman, Ind.) – Authorities in Dearborn County are searching for a missing man.
Paul R. Batta, 56, was last seen at around 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 7 leaving his home at 10824 North Dearborn Road riding on a bicycle. He has not been seen since.
Batta is described as a white male, 6’4” tall, weighing about 226 lbs.,brown hair, brown eyes, with a trimmed beard. He was seen wearing a gray or brown t-shirt and brown shorts.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Paul Batta is asked to contact the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department at (812) 537-3431.
Dearborn County Dispatch sent a Rapid Notify electronic message to residents in the Sunman area about the search for Batta at around 8:30 a.m. Monday.