Body of missing Lafayette man found near Wabash River

Neal Curtis Bastian had been missing since Jan. 18

LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The body of a Lafayette man missing since Jan. 18 has been found near the Wabash River, police reported Sunday.

Lafayette police said they found the body of Neal Curtis Bastian on the east bank of the Wabash River approximately 200 yards north of the Riehle Plaza. Bastian's body was found in a wooded area between the river and the Heritage Trail.

Police said there was no evidence to indicate that anything criminal had occurred.

On Friday, police conducted a search of the area from the old city municipal golf course to Riehle Plaza, based on information that Bastian liked to fish in the area.

Police said higher temperatures led to melted snow, aiding in the discovery of Bastian's body.

Bastian had last been seen on Jan. 18, when he told his family and friends he was going fishing.

The case was turned over to the Tippecanoe County Coroner's office.

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