Published: Thu, October 26, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Missing West Michigan Teacher's Body Found After Husband Left Note, Killed Himself

Missing West Michigan Teacher's Body Found After Husband Left Note, Killed Himself

Authorities also said during the press conference that he left behind a message with a map showing where Theresa's body was.

A man whose wife disappeared in May has been found dead in his southwestern MI home on the same day that a body was discovered miles away in a remote rural area.

On Tuesday, the Allegan County Sheriff's Office, Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Portage police detectives found her body in a shallow grave south of M-89 and east of 46th Street in the Allegan Game Area.

Police say that the body found in Allegan County Tuesday has been identified as missing Portage woman Theresa Lockhart.

Lockhart's wife, Theresa, has not been seen since May 18.

Police said they never believed they had enough evidence to charge Christopher Lockhart with her disappearance as they continued to investigate over the months.

It appeared as though the body had been in that location for a fair amount of time.

After more than 100 days of searching, police recovered the body of Theresa Lockhart, a 44-year-old high school Spanish teacher from Portage, Michigan, who was reported missing in May. In June, he told a local TV station that the police description of him as a person of interest was "an attempt to embarrass me and put pressure on me".

"They were hitting a really rough patch", Zimmerman said.

It is with tremendous sadness and a heavy heart that Schoolcraft Community Schools acknowledges the passing of Theresa Lockhart.

Theresa Lockhart was a Spanish teacher at Schoolcraft Schools. Like so many others, all of us at Schoolcraft Community Schools have been holding out hope for a very different outcome since the news of her disappearance last May.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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