OGDEN DUNES – Indiana Conservation officers are investigating the discovery of a body on West Beach in Indiana Dunes National Park in Porter County early Friday morning.

Shortly before 9 a.m., two walkers spotted the body of an adult white male along the water’s edge, just east of the Lake-Porter county line, according to Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Tyler Brock.

It would be the 35th drowning on Lake Michigan this year, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. Seven of those drownings have occurred in Indiana, including two in Michigan City.

The incident remained under investigation Friday afternoon, but he said foul play is not suspected.

Positive identification and notification of next of kin is pending, and an autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of death by the Porter County Coroner’s Office.

National Park Rangers, Gary Police, the Gary Fire Department, Portage Police, the Portage Fire Department, Ogden Dunes Police and the Lake County Sheriff’s office were involved in the recovery and investigation.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.