The gemara in Pesachim 3b brings a story in which Rabbi Yehudah ben Bateira discovers that an Aramean non-Jew is eating from the Korban Pesach in Yerushalayim. He tricks him into outing him to the authorities in Yerushalayim. The story concludes with the authorities contacting Rabbi Yehudah and telling him:
"They sent a message to Rabbi Yehuda ben Bateira: Peace unto you, Rabbi Yehuda ben Beteira, as you are in Netzivin and your net is spread in Jerusalem. Despite your distance from Jerusalem, you enabled us to apprehend a person who deceived us."
Does this mean that Rabbi Yehudah ben Bateira himself didn't come (for at least two consecutive years, according to the story) to Yerushalayim during the Regel (being that he had to trick the Aramean instead of outing him to the proper authorities himself)?