The Latest: Police say body is missing Michigan teacher

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PORTAGE (WJRT) - (10/25/17) - The Latest on the discovery of a body of a Michigan teacher who has been missing since May (all times local):


5:32 p.m.

A body found buried in a remote area has been identified as a Michigan teacher who's been missing since May.

Police say Theresa Lockhart's identity was confirmed Wednesday, a day after her husband killed himself at his Portage home and left a map where investigators could find the body in Allegan County. Her body was found Tuesday.

Portage Public Safety Director Nicholas Armold says Christopher Lockhart left a note, admitting that he killed his wife and expressing remorse.

Lockhart was suspected in his wife's disappearance but hadn't been charged. Armold says police "didn't have enough to run with it."


4:54 p.m.

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

Allegan County Undersheriff Mike Larsen declined to say if investigators believe it's the body of Theresa Lockhart, a high school Spanish teacher. But he says foul play is suspected.

Meanwhile, Christopher Lockhart was found dead in his Portage home Tuesday. Police believe he killed himself.

Larsen says the body was found Tuesday based on a tip. He says the body was buried in Allegan County's Valley Township.

Portage Deputy Chief John Blue suggested Lockhart left hints about his wife's whereabouts. He says he's hopeful the case will close "very soon."

(10/24/2017) - Portage police have found Christopher Lockhart dead in his home.

He's the husband of Spanish teacher Theresa Lockhart who went missing in May.

The 47 year old was also the prime suspect in the case of her disappearance, arrested four times since she was last seen.

Police are calling it a possible suicide.

"He had not checked in on his probationary status and there was an indication that there was no movement or communication with him via his tether," said Sr. Deputy Chief John Blue with Portage Public Safety.

Detectives are now searching for more clues that might help locate his wife.

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