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Search today for missing South Bend kayaker last seen off Porter Beach

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The search resumed this morning for a South Bend man believed to have gone kayaking off Porter Beach.

Jacob Sandy, 22, was originally reported missing by relatives, after he told his family around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday that he was going kayaking but then failed to return that night, Porter Assistant Police Chief Todd Allan told the Chesterton Tribune this morning.

On Tuesday, a PT Cruiser located in the parking lot at the old Johnson Inn was confirmed to be Sandy’s but investigators were initially puzzled both by the fact that the 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 Saturday 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. assembling a foldable kayak on the beach.

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 off the shoreline, Allen said.

Allen noted that at mid-afternoon Saturday a storm blew through Duneland.

At 4 p.m. Tuesday the Porter Police and Fire departments and Porter County Search & Rescue began a search, along with National Park Service rangers and Indiana DNR Conservation Officers. The Lake County Sheriff’s Police helicopter, Eagle 1, as well as a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and boats, also participated in the search, Allen said. The search was suspended at nightfall but resumed today at 7 a.m.

At this point, the DNR and USCG, staging at Indiana Dunes State Park beach, are now heading the search.

Sandy was described as a white male, 5’11’’ in height with brown hair, blue eyes, and some facial hair.


Posted 5/22/2019





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