Body of missing kayaker from Birmingham found near Lake Michigan

Posted at 11:45 AM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 11:48:19-04

(WXYZ) — The body of a missing kayaker who was from Birmingham has been found in Lake Michigan more than a week after he went missing, his family tells 7 Action News.

Jacob Sandy, 23, had not been heard from since May 18 after he told his girlfriend he was going out kayaking. It was just before a strong storm moved into the area.

Authorities near Porter Beach in Indiana said he was last seen on surveillance video around 2:40 p.m. A witness also observed Sandy kayaking offshore a short time before a strong storm came into the area, Indiana Department of Natural Resources said in a press release.

First responders began a search of Lake Michigan on last Wednesday morning, conducting surface and sonar searches. On May 21, his kayak was located in New Buffalo, Mich. on the west side of the state.

We're told an employee of the Indiana Dunes State Park found his body around 7:50 a.m. near the banks of Lake Michigan.