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.

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