Body identified of 32-year-old man found in Lake Michigan

(Indiana DNR photo/File)
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UPDATE: Indiana Conservation Officers have identified the individual as Brandon Howard of Constantine, Michigan.

CHESTERTON, Ind. (WTHR) – The body of a 32-year-old Michigan man has been recovered after an incident in the Lake Michigan swim area of Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton.

Around 5:50 p.m. Saturday evening, an Indiana Dunes State Park lifeguard saw a man that appeared to be struggling in the water near the outer edge of the designated swim area. As a lifeguard made their way to the man, he slipped under water and did not resurface.

An Indiana Conservation Officer patrolling the park immediately responded along with multiple other agencies.

Line-searches were immediately started with rescue divers entering the water a short time later. The Portage Fire Department, United States Coast Guard, and Indiana Conservation Officers Responded by boat. A United States Coast Guard helicopter also conducted a search from the air.

A Chesterton Fire Department diver located the man’s body in 10 feet of water around 8 p.m.

The suspected cause of death is asphyxiation due to accidental drowning, pending toxicology results. Foul play is not suspected.