Department of Natural Resources has identified the man whose body was
recovered in Lake Michigan off Indiana Dunes State Park beach on Saturday.
The victim was
identified after deadline on Monday as Brandon Howard, 32, of Constantine,
Cause of death,
pending the results of a routine toxicology screen, DNR said: asphyxiation
due to accidental drowning.
Howard’s body was
recovered in approximately 10 feet of water at 8 p.m. Saturday, roughly two
hours after an on-duty lifeguard saw him struggling in the water, then slip
below and fail to surface.
The body was
discovered by a Chesterton Fire Department diver, Marc Mihalik, as he was
being towed by a Porter Fire Department boat.
Porter Fire Chief
Jay Craig told the Chesterton Tribune on Monday that “It’s believed
(Howard) came off a sand bar while chasing a football.”