Missing teacher's husband left clues to location of a body; killed self

Missing teacher's husband left clues to location of a body; killed self”

Officers found Christopher Lockhart dead in the basement, of an apparent suicide. the Portage Police Chief said they also found a note and a map that lead them to Theresa Lockhart's body.

On Tuesday, October 24 at approximately 2:00 p.m. the Allegan County Sheriff's Office received information that a body may have been buried in a remote area of Valley Township.

Portage police confirmed on Wednesday that the body of Theresa Lockhart was located in Allegan County.

After his wife vanished, Mr. Lockhart was arrested multiple times on unrelated charges, pleading guilty to two felonies in September. Police believe he killed himself.

Lockhart had been named a person of interest but had denied any role in the disappearance, reports CBS affiliate WWMT. These officers found Theresa Lockhart's body in woods west of Swan Creek.

The undersheriff said there are no open missing person cases in Allegan County.

Larsen told the station the body was at one point fully buried in a shallow area, but had become partially uncovered because of recent rains. Authorities say an autopsy found he died of strangulation.

The body, which was heavily decomposed, was sent to Western Michigan University for an autopsy to determine the identity and cause of death.

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