Monday, October 1, 2012

Missing teen - Sellersburg, Indiana

10/1/2012: Ethan Bennett (19) has been missing from SELLERSBURG, INDIANA since 11:30pm on 9/11/2012. He may be driving a silver 2001 JAGUAR with Indiana license plate # RJU-784. He is 6'2" and 176 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. If you have information to locate him or see the car please call Clark County Sheriff's Department at (812) 245-6996. To remain anonymous call (812) 280-2276.Article: JEFFERSONVILLE — The disappearance of a 19-year-old man has his parents and friends worried, and local law enforcement is now looking for the teenager.

Tony Bennett’s son, 19-year-old Ethan Hunter Bennett, was last seen by a “minor” family member around 11:30 p.m. on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11. Ethan Bennett is now being sought by the Clark County Sheriff’s Department to verify his well-being, and other local law-enforcement agencies are aware of the search.

“The reason why this case has kind of got our interest is he’s had no contact with friends or family, which even the friends and family said that’s just not normal,” Detective Lt. Randy Burton said at a press conference Monday. “He’s a pretty social individual. The individual left without his [cell] phone and has no means or taking care of himself ... money-wise.”

Burton said the search for Ethan Bennett is not currently considered a criminal matter.

According to Burton, Ethan Bennett left the family’s Sellersburg home in a 2001 silver Jaguar, a family car. The car bears Indiana plates numbered RJU784. Ethan Bennett was last seen wearing khaki shorts and either a blue or white T-shirt.

A witness last saw Bennett driving the Jaguar on Veterans Parkway in Clarksville at around 9:30 a.m. Friday, turning south as though to take Interstate 65, Burton said.

Ethan Bennett is not employed and was taking a break from classes at Ivy Tech Community College, Tony Bennett said. He said that his son planned to re-enroll at Ivy Tech for spring classes.

Tony Bennett he can’t speculate on why his son has disappeared, and said the search for employment may have weighed on Ethan Bennett.

“I’m potentially concerned that there could have been some depression, sure,” Tony Bennett said. “I’m left with a lot of guessing and not a lot of answers, which is all the more disconcerting for the family.”

Tony Bennett said he and his wife were out of town the night that Ethan Bennett disappeared. Tony Bennett said the minor family member Ethan Bennett spoke to did not note any unusual behavior.

“He’s missed curfew before, but never nothing to this extent,” Tony Bennett said.

Anyone who encounters Ethan Bennett is encouraged to call the Clark County Sheriff’s Department dispatch line at 812-246-6996. Anonymous tips concerning the disappearance can be submitted by calling 812-280-2276.

“There’s nothing criminal going on here,” Burton said. “We just need to find the whereabouts of this young man and check on his welfare. Like always, the sheriff’s office takes all of the missing-persons reports seriously, and we’ll take whatever means necessary to locate this individual and get him back in touch with his family.”

“Ethan, I just want you to know that if you have the opportunity to hear this, to let you know that I love you, and that’s unconditional,” Tony Bennett said. “... If there’s anything that you need, anything you want, any help I can get you, please let me know. Call me on my cell. If you can’t come to me, I’ll come to you.

“Just know that your family loves you very much.”

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