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Bartholomew Co.Sheriff's Office still looking for Joey Ross - over 4 years later

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, Joseph (Joey) William Ross went missing from 51 S. Amherst Place in Amberley addition, Bartholomew County


Ross was 25 years old at the time and reportedly was last seen walking down the driveway away from the residence between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. into the dark, suicidal and carrying a shotgun. 

Despite reports of gunshots being heard that night, searches of the area over the next week found no shotgun, shotgun shells or signs of Ross. Ross was last known to be wearing a green colored shirt with the O’Reilly’s logo on it (his work shirt) and blue jeans. He allegedly had no phone or money in his possession at the time of disappearance. 

It has now been four years, five months, and 18 days since Ross was reported missing. Despite an intensive and active investigation to locate him, he has still not been found nor has there been any signs of him. Ross is not forgotten by his family, his true friends or the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office. 

Someone out there knows the whereabouts of Joseph William Ross. We encourage you to come forward for the sake of his family, which have suffered the pain of not knowing where he is for these four long years. Don’t let it become five. If you know or you saw something, you can help solve this mystery even anonymously. A simple phone call can end a family’s suffering. 

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers says one of his biggest regrets, as he ends his second and final term as Sheriff, is not locating Ross (then 25), who went missing on May 13, 2018.


“My office has and will continue to actively investigate this disappearance in hopes of providing answers to the Ross family. We also continue to work with multiple agencies including local, state and federal to bring the most amount of resources possible to bear on this case. This case will remain open until we find Joey,” said Sheriff Myers.  


BCSO Anonymous Tip Line: 812-379-1712
Detective Terrance Holderness: 812-565-5927