Evansville's very own Batman, the founder of EvansvilleWatch has passed away.

EvansvilleWatch is a facebook page and Twitter account that is volunteer run, and it keeps the Evansville area up to date with all things going on. EvansvilleWatch has turned into a huge community, with over 100,000 followers on Facebook. EvansvilleWatch is a group of volunteers who take time to monitor police scanners, and keep people updated on what's going on in our community.

EvansvilleWatch was started by a man named Bill Merkel who volunteered his time to keep the community informed. On May 26th, the EvansvilleWatch facebook page posted the following:

It comes with a heavy heart to inform everyone that EW founder, Bill Merkel, passed away peacefully yesterday surrounded by his family.

He loved the City of Evansville and enjoyed running Evansville Watch. It was a passion he had and was proud to have shared it with so many of his followers and friends. He was our batman and we will miss him dearly.

We ask for privacy at this time to grieve the loss of a husband, father, brother, and grandfather. Details to follow when arrangements are made.

-The family of Bill Merkel-

My heart goes out to Bill's family and friends.He made a huge impact on our community, and will be so missed.