searching along Northern Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline for a man who
vanished during a kayaking trip more than a week ago say what's believed to
be the man's kayak has been recovered.
Twenty-three-year-old Jacob Sandy of South Bend was last seen Saturday, May
18, after being reported missing by his family, who told investigators that
he’d gone kayaking and never returned. Three days later, on Tuesday, May 21,
Porter Police determined that a PT Cruiser with a Michigan license plate
found at the old Johnson Inn parking lot at Porter Beach belonged to Sandy.
Department of Natural Resources announced late Monday that someone found the
kayak on May 21 near the Southwestern Michigan community of New Buffalo,
about 18 miles from where Sandy was last seen. The person later contacted
law enforcement after they saw an image of Sandy's kayak.
Porter Police said
that investigators were initially puzzled both by the fact that Sandy’s
vehicle was not equipped with a kayak rack and that a witness stated he saw
Sandy walking into the woods near Porter Beach. However, surveillance
footage from cameras at the National Park Service restroom facility, as well
as in-car camera footage shot on May 21 by PPD Lt. John McMahon--who
happened to be at Porter Beach in the afternoon--caught images of Sandy at 3
or 3:30 p.m. Saturday assembling a foldable kayak.
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
A search was
conducted on May 21-22 by the Porter Police and Fire departments, Porter
County Search & Rescue, National Park Service rangers and Indiana DNR
Conservation Officers, assisted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Police
helicopter, Eagle 1, and U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and boats. That search
The Oakland Press
of Pontiac reports Sandy is originally from the Detroit suburb of
Birmingham, Mich., and moved to South Bend after graduating from Hope
College in Holland, Mich.