The body of a
Merrillville woman who went missing Monday evening in the waters of Lake
Michigan off Miller Beach in Gary was recovered on Tuesday, the Indiana
Department of Natural Resources is reporting.
The body of Tiara
Hardy, 24, was identified at approximately 5:30 p.m. some 150 yards offshore
by Indiana Conservation Officers using side-scan sonar, the DNR said, and
divers subsequently located and recovered it at 6 p.m.
Harvey was swimming
with two friends around 7:45 p.m. Monday when the three attempted to return
to shore because of high waves and strong currents. Harvey’s friends were
assisted to shore by a good Samaritan but Harvey was seen to go under and
not return to the surface.
was reporting that, on Monday night, the National Weather Surface had issued
a beach hazard statement for Northwest Indiana due to dangerous waves and
currents. There were no lifeguards on duty at the time of Harvey’s
disappearance and an unidentified Gary official told the AP that warning
flags are removed when lifeguards go off duty.