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Body of missing teacher found after husband found dead

Detroit News and wire reports

Portage — The body of a missing teacher was found Tuesday, miles away from her Portage home after police found her husband dead in their home with instructions on where to find his wife’s body.

Portage police found Christopher Lockhart dead in his home Tuesday. He had denied any role in his wife's disappearance.

The Portage Department of Public Safety said in a news conference that information left by Christopher Lockhart led to the discovery of Theresa Lockhart’s body near in a part of the Allegan Game Area about 50 miles from the couple's southwest Michigan residence.

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

“He and Theresa were having an argument and in the note he indicated he snapped,” Armold said.

Police said a note found in the home contained a hand-drawn map and a written confession by Christopher Lockhart. Police said the letter indicated that Christopher killed his wife on May 18 and “disposed of her body.”

Christopher Lockhart had been a person of interest in her disappearance.

“You have a sinking feeling when you know what you know but you can’t prove it,” Armold said. “We just didn’t have enough to run with it.”

The body of Theresa Lockhart was found Tuesday in the Allegan State Game Area. On the same day, her husband, Michael Lockhart, was found dead in his Portage home of a suspected suicide.

Christopher Lockhart was found dead in his home Tuesday. Police say it appeared to be suicide by strangulation.

Portage police said they received a call for a welfare check on May 20 for Theresa Lockhart, who had not reported to work that day. Police went to her house, where officers talked to Christopher Lockhart, who told them “Theresa has done this type of thing before, leaving for days at a time.” He told police that he was not concerned about where she was.

A 154 day investigation ensued into her whereabouts, Portage police said. 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.