Buried Body Identified As Missing Kalamazoo Teacher; Husband Kills Self

Allegan County Sheriff

Allegan County Sheriff

The body of a missing MI teacher was discovered Tuesday, the same day her husband was found dead in their home.

Police confirmed Wednesday that a body they uncovered in MI is Theresa Lockhart, a teacher reported missing more than five months ago.

Portage Police went to Christopher Lockhart's home on Tuesday morning, October 24 when the Corrections Department notified police that Lockhart did not make a 10 am check in.

Theresa Lockhart had not been seen since May 18.

Portage police confirmed on Wednesday that the body of Theresa Lockhart was located in Allegan County.

Authorities say they also found a suicide note at the home, which contained a written confession to his wife's murder as well as a hand-drawn map that pointed the way to her remains.

She was found in a shallow grave in a section of the Allegan State Game Area in Allegan County's Valley Township, near Allegan.

In a Facebook post Wednesday night, Theresa's sister Joan Mullowney wrote: "My heart is breaking that a special life has been taken away but we now have closure as to what and when".

The teacher was reported missing by her colleagues after she didn't show up to work for two consecutive days.

A troubled marriage, an abusive husband who one day by his own admission, snaps during an argument, kills his wife, panics and tries to cover up her death, and tortured by it leaves a note and kills himself.

"They were hitting a really rough patch", Zimmerman said.

Mrs. Lockhart was a part of the Schoolcraft Schools Family from 2015 to 2017, serving primarily as our Spanish teacher.

The school district said grief counselors will be available to help students and staff cope with her death. 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.

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