Theresa Lockhart's body found in wooded area in Allegan County

Christopher and Theresa Lockhart

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 it appeared to be suicide by strangulation.

Larsen says the body was found based on a tip that was received around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Police now confirm that Christopher Lockhart left a note before he hung himself in the basement of his home on Poplar Bluff in a quiet Portage Neighborhood.

Christopher Lockhart and Theresa Lockhart.

The note also included a hand-drawn map indicating where Theresa Lockhart was buried, Armold said.




"In the note he indicated that he just "snapped, '" Armold said, referring to the reason behind Theresa" murder. Authorities had previously named Christopher as a person of interest in the case after he failed to report his wife missing before her colleagues.

Lockhart reportedly wouldn't allow the police to search the home he shared with his wife - leading police to serve him with a search warrant on June 7. She had been missing for 154 days, said Armold. "To be truthful, he seemed rather lackadaisical in his attitude ... definitely not the attitude of a loving husband whose wife is missing".

"They were hitting a really rough patch", Zimmerman said. "Chris did one good deed before he died and that was to tell us where we could find Theresa", wrote Theresa's sister, Joan, on Facebook. 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.

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

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