UPDATE: Body Of South Bend Man Last Seen With Kayak At Porter Beach At The Indiana Dunes Is Found
Here is the latest from the Indiana DNR:
Indiana Conservation Officers have recovered the body of Jacob Sandy, age 23, of South Bend. At approximately 7:15 a.m. this morning, an employee of Indiana Dunes State Park observed Jacob’s body on the shoreline near where he was last seen on Saturday May 18th.
Indiana Conservation Officers and the Porter County Coroner’s Office were contacted for further investigation. The official cause of death is pending, but is believed to be accidental drowning. The media is asked to respect the privacy of Jacob’s family at this time.
Jacob was last seen kayaking near Porter Beach on May 18th just before a strong storm moved into the area. His kayak was located in New Buffalo, Michigan on May 21st.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the many members of the community who supported the search effort either through providing information to law enforcement or offering other assistance.
23-year-old Jacob Sandy of South Bend was last seen Saturday, May 18 at Porter Beach at the Indiana Dunes.
His brother, Paul Sandy, says that the family is working with tech companies to try and track his phone in addition to working with law enforcement, the Coast Guard and the Indiana DNR.
Paul Sandy says lots of assumptions are bieng made about the case, but he wants to emphasize that this is being treated as a missing persons case.
He says nothing of Jacob's has been found - not his kayak or anything he was wearing.