AUSTIN, IN (WAVE) - The family of an Austin man who disappeared two days before Thanksgiving is searching for information. Paul Graupe was on his way to collect a debt before he went missing. Now his family is offering a $6,000 reward to anyone who can help find him.
More than 80 of Graupe's family, friends, and coworkers got together to participate at the "Vigil Rally" on Sunday. Family and friends met at the Austin Fire Department and walked along the streets in the bitter cold air, carrying candles and signs reading: "We miss you" and "We want answers."
Graupe's sister-in-law, Tonja Pasley, says she hoped their march sends a clear message to people in the community.
"I hope it sends a message for everybody to be aware of what can happen," Pasley said.
During Sunday's gathering, Pastor Todd Wooten said a few words of encouragement to the crowd, which showed up to show their support.
"We want to thank you for showing up," Wooten said. "It's uplifting for the family."
Wooten also reminded people to continue to ask questions.
"When you see law enforcement in the community, we need to ask them: 'Hey, what's going on? Is there things being done about Paul missing?"
Pasley says it was emotional to see so many people show up, and she was hopeful someone in the community that saw the march would come forward with information. Graupe's family is offering a $6,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in their loved ones case.
More than five weeks after he went missing, Graupe's family and friends fear the worst, and want the mystery of his disappearance solved.
Police say Graupe was last seen Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets in Austin.
Richard Baxter. a friend and a coworker of Graupe's, says it's taking too long to find out what happened.
"It shouldn't have gone on this long at all," Baxter said. "Something should have been done before now."
The family said they will continue searching and pushing for answers.
"We will never stop until this is resolved and until we find Paul and bring him home and get this behind us," Pasley said. "It's never going to stop."
Austin police did not immediately return a call asking for an update on the case. So far, Kentucky State Police have been primarily involved in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Austin Police Department at (812) 794-2496.
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