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Southern Indiana man missing for a year, vigil held for his search

By Maira Ansari - bio | email

AUSTIN, IN (WAVE) - It's been almost a year since a Southern Indiana family has seen their loved one. Paul Graupe went missing two days before Thanksgiving 2009.

His family and friends aren't giving up hope in their search for him. They came together for a vigil at the Jennings township Volunteer Fire Department to send a clear message.

"My brother needs to be found," said Paul Graupe's brother.

 Those that attended the vigil wore shirts and pins for support.

In 2009, Graupe's family says Paul didn't show up to work, then missed hunting on Thanksgiving and that's when his family called police. Their desperate search for answers to his disappearance continues.

Family member say Paul was on his way to collect money from a man who owed him, the man was also a convicted felon.

Scott County Sheriff John Lizenby assured Paul's loved ones that the case hasn't been forgotten. He says detectives are starting from scratch to figure out what happened.

"We'll just hope and pray that something cracks and some answers will come up," said Sheriff Lizenby.

Paul's father, who is also a retired police officer told WAVE 3 that he's isn't satisfied with his son's investigation and has hired a private investigator to get answers.

Graupe's family is offering a $15,000 reward to anyone with information leading to his return.

Graupe was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket and blue jeans. he has brown hair and brown eyes and wears glasses.

If you have any information, call Austin police at 812-794-2496.

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