'Suspicions of foul play' in Lawrenceburg man's disappearance

Posted at 7:09 PM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-26 23:48:40-04

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. -- When Joshua Batchelor left his grandfather's Front Street home on April 26, 2017, leaving his wallet and phone behind, he told his mother he would see her the next day.

It's been a year since then -- the worst and longest of Linda Moehring's life, she said Thursday. Her son has not returned.

"We pray to God that Josh is find and he is alive and he is somewhere, but we have suspicions of foul play," she said at a news conference.

What kind of foul play? Neither she nor Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, who addressed the crowd alongside her, provided details, but both pleaded for information on behalf of Batchelor's three children.

"The one that is 16, he asks his mother every day, 'Have you heard anything from grandma about my dad?'" Moehring recalled. "And she always has to say, 'Nothing new.'"

Batchelor's family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his return or the arrest of people involved in his disappearance. According to Moehring, he was not driving himself the day he left -- he was picked up from the front porch by a green or gray truck driven by another person.

Wheeles said police did not have any major leads that would allow them to find what happened to Batchelor, and any piece of information could help. 

"I prayed and prayed to God, and I am just hoping that he will put it on someone's heart bring them forward," Moehring said. "To give this family some kind of answers and some kind of peace."