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. Police say it appeared to be suicide by strangulation.
Authorities visited Lockhart's house on Tuesday after he failed to report to the County Sheriff's office due to a DUI charge in July, concerned that Lockhart showed no movement for several hours (he had been wearing an electronic tag).
Now that it's been confirmed that Theresa Lockhart is dead, Schoolcraft schools will have grief counselors on hand for the next few days for anyone who may have trouble coping with the news.
Concerns for Theresa first sprang up on May 20 when police were contacted by an employee at her school who asked them to do a welfare check at her home when she didn't show up to work.
In a press conference, Director of Public Safety for the City of Portage, Nick Armold, said authorities found a note left by Theresa's husband after he allegedly committed suicide in the couple's home.
Christopher Lockhart and Theresa Lockhart.
Theresa Lockhart vanished on May 18.
On Tuesday, Christopher was found dead at his home in the 10000 block of Poplar Bluff in Portage.
A 154 day investigation ensued into her whereabouts, Portage police said.
"My heart is breaking that a special life has been taken away but we now have closure as to what and when", Mullowney wrote on Facebook, WWMT reported.
Theresa family said they will plan a proper memorial and thank the community for their continued support. 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.
She was a Spanish teacher at Schoolcraft High School.