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December 15, 2012

Likely body, car of missing Sellersburg teen Ethan Bennett discovered

Officials waiting to confirm identity, situation around death

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Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden said his department along with Bennett’s family had contracted a private helicopter service to aid in the search. It was from that helicopter Clark County officers spotted the wrecked car. Rodden said they were searching the area because the family had stated it was a spot Bennett liked to frequent to enjoy the view.

“We’re relatively sure” the car and body found are Bennett’s, Rodden said.

The family has been notified of the discovery, officials said. Rodden credited the family for posting signs, using social media and raising awareness to try and locate Bennett.

“The family worked very diligently in wanting him to come home,” Rodden said.

Bennett was apparently distraught after learning that his parents were splitting up, Rodden said during the press conference.

Investigators “feel he was a disturbed young man but we don’t know much more than that,” Rodden said.

Skyline Drive covers some of the highest points in Floyd County.

Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills said another vehicle was found near the investigation site that apparently had been wrecked in the area in the past. He said he would have to confirm all the statistics, but there have previously been wrecks in the area.

Officials were still determining whether Bennett’s suspected vehicle would be removed from the site, as Henderson and Mills said the terrain of the area would make it very difficult and likely costly to extract.

Henderson stressed that if officials felt the vehicle would be needed for the investigation, that it would be removed.

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