Man's Suicide Note Shares Location of Another Body

That of Michigan man's wife, missing teacher Theresa Lockhart
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2017 10:20 AM CDT
Man's Suicide Note Shares Location of Another Body
A missing poster for Theresa Lockhart is seen in Portage, Mich., in May.   (Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

For nearly half a year, police in Portage, Mich., had searched for a beloved high school Spanish teacher who seemingly vanished in May. Her body was finally discovered this week—but it wasn't the first one officers came across. Officers initially found Theresa Lockhart's husband, Christopher Lockhart, dead of a suicide in the couple's home around 11am Tuesday after he failed to arrive at court to face a charge of drunk driving, reports NBC News. Police say a note discovered near his body described how the 47-year-old had killed his 44-year-old wife on May 18 and disposed of her body 50 miles from their home. Also included was a hand-drawn map, which led officers to Theresa's partially buried body later Tuesday, reports People and MLive.

Christopher Lockhart, who died of strangulation by hanging in his basement, wrote that he "snapped" when the couple argued, said Portage Police Chief Nicholas Armold at a Wednesday press conference. Armold didn't mention how Theresa died—her body reportedly showed no obvious wounds—but noted her husband "did express remorse and asked for forgiveness" in his confession. Authorities had previously named Christopher as a person of interest in the case after he failed to report his wife missing before her colleagues. Police eventually searched the couple's home using a search warrant on June 7. A day before the couple's bodies were found, a Portage police officer told Dateline that Christopher hadn't been cooperating with authorities but claimed to have last seen his wife when she left their home at 10pm on May 18. (More Michigan stories.)

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