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UPDATE: Body of missing Connersville man found in river

Robert L. Austin was reported missing Thursday, July 8 near Mahan Park.
Credit: Indiana DNR
Indiana Conservation Officers search for a missing Connersville man near Three-Mile Bridge over the Whitewater River near Highway 121 Thursday, July 8, 2021.

Conservation officers recovered the body of a Connersville man who was reported missing last week.

Robert L. Austin, 26, was reported missing Thursday, July 8 in the area of Mahan Park near Highway 121 in Connersville. 

Austin's body was recovered from the Whitewater River Tuesday, July 13. 

Fayette County Dispatch received a notification around 5:45 p.m. on Thursday. When officers arrived on scene, they found a vehicle and several articles belonging to Austin.

Conservation officers searched the Whitewater River with boats and sonar, as well as utilizing an ISP helicopter and drones.  

The Everton Fire Department and Fayette County Coroner's Office assisted in the recovery, DNR reported.

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