Body identified as missing Lafayette man

25-year-old Neal Bastian.
25-year-old Neal Bastian.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Police have identified the body found Sunday as that of a missing Lafayette man.

The body of 25-year-old Neal Bastian was found around 4:15 p.m. The Lafayette Police Department said his body was located on the east bank of the Wabash River, approximately 200 yards north of the Riehle Plaza. They said Bastian’s body was found in a wooded area between the river and the Heritage Trail.

Police said they don’t suspect any suspicious activity.

On Friday,  Lafayette police conducted a search of the east bank of the Wabash River.  The search included the Heritage Trail, and was based on information that Bastian liked to fish in this area.

Police believe the higher temperatures Sunday allowed for the melting of snow, which aided in the discovery of Bastian.

Bastian was last seen on the morning of Jan. 18 in the 1200 block of N. 13th Street in Lafayette. Bastian had told family and friends he was going fishing.

Autopsy results are pending. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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