The search resumed
this morning for a South Bend man believed to have gone kayaking off Porter
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.
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.
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
Sandy was described
as a white male, 5’11’’ in height with brown hair, blue eyes, and some