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Missing kayaker's body found at State Park

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The body of the kayaker who went missing from Porter Beach on Saturday, May 18, has been recovered, roughly a quarter of a mile east of where he put into the water, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources reported this morning.

Conservation Officer Tyler Brock told the Chesterton Tribune that the body of Jacob Sandy, 23, of South Bend, was found by an employee of Indiana Dunes State Park around 7:15 a.m. today, washed up on the beach near the Pavilion.

Family subsequently confirmed Sandy’s identity, Brock said.

Sandy was reported missing by his family on May 18 after he failed to return home from kayaking. On Tuesday, May 21, Porter Police found Sandy’s PT Cruiser in the old Johnson Inn parking lot, while surveillance footage shot by cameras installed on the National Park Service’s restroom facility--and by the in-car camera of a Porter Police officer’s squad car--caught images of Sandy at 3 or 3:30 p.m. Saturday assembling a foldable kayak.

Investigators subsequently spoke to an eyewitness who, around the same time on Saturday, observed a white kayak traveling north approximately a mile and a half from the shoreline.

A kayak believed to be Sandy’s was recovered on Tuesday, May 21, near New Buffalo, Mich., about 18 miles north of Porter Beach, the DNR reported yesterday. The person who found it later contacted law enforcement after seeing an image of Sandy’s kayak.



Posted 5/29/2019




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