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Body found at West Beach identified as missing boater

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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 Police.


Posted 8/26/2019




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