The body of an
adult male found on the water’s edge at West Beach at Indiana Dunes National
Park on Friday has been identified as that of a boater who went missing near
Marquette Park on Sunday, Aug. 11, the Indiana Department of Natural
Resources reported on Sunday.
“At this time, the
family is respectfully requesting his identity not be released,” DNR said.
The Porter County
Coroner’s Office has preliminarily determined the cause of death to be
“multiple significant injuries consistent with being struck by a
watercraft,” DNR said. “Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the
incident as a boating accident. At this time, it is believed the victim was
the only occupant of the boat and was struck by his own boat after falling
overboard for an unknown reason.”
The body was
discovered shortly before 9 a.m. on Friday by two walkers, DNR said.
The results of a
routine toxicology screen conducted by the Coroner’s Office are pending.
Responding to the
scene on Friday were National Park Service rangers, the Gary Police and Fire
departments, Portage FD, Ogden Dunes PD, and the Lake County Sheriff’s