Chesterton Tribune


Apparent suicide in National Lakeshore

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A 58-year-old Chesterton man shot himself fatally on Thursday in the parking lot of the old Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore visitor center, at the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 12 and Kemil Road.

The incident occurred around 1:08 p.m., Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris told the Chesterton Tribune today.

According to a statement released by the National Park Service (NPS), hikers returning to the parking lot heard a “pop,” then as they were leaving the facility they observed the man in his vehicle.

Harris said that the man fired a single shot to his head and was pronounced dead at the scene. A .44 caliber Charter Arms revolver was recovered as well as a note, he added.

No autopsy has been scheduled, Harris said, although the bullet will be retrieved from the body.

Responding to the scene were NPS rangers, Beverly Shores Police, and the Porter County Sheriff’s Police.

Rangers accompanied by a PCSP chaplain notified the man’s family.


Posted 10/26/2012