Police search Portage home of missing teacher

Theresa Huyge Lockhart has been missing since May 18

Theresa Lockhart, Christopher Lockhart
Drone 8 over Theresa and Christopher Lockhart's home as police search it on June 7, 2017.


PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — Nearly three weeks after she disappeared, police searched the Portage home of a missing teacher.

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Crime tape surrounds the Lockhart home nearly 13 hours after investigators began searching it. (June 8, 2017)

The Portage Department of Public Safety said its officers, with help from the Kalamazoo Metro SWAT Team, arrived at the home of Theresa Lockhart at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday to serve a search warrant.

The crime lab truck and investigators left the scene nearly 13 hours later, but a Portage officer remained. Several Portage police cruisers reappeared at the scene just before 9 a.m. Thursday, along with several unmarked vehicles.

Theresa Lockhart, Christopher Lockhart
Drone 8 over Theresa and Christopher Lockhart’s home as police search it on June 7, 2017.

Her husband, Christopher Lockhart, left the scene in the front seat of an unmarked police car around 6:45 p.m. He was not in handcuffs. The deputy police chief had told 24 Hour News 8 earlier that no one was in custody.

A neighbor said Christopher Lockhart was getting ready to drive away from the home around 4 p.m., then saw police vehicles arrive and tried to pull back into the garage. He was later seen outside, across the street from his house, speaking with police.

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Police tape near the Portage home of Theresa and Christopher Lockhart. (June 7, 2017)

The street was blocked off by police tape, as was the Lockhart home. Multiple police vehicles, including at least one armored vehicle and a Michigan State Police mobile crime lab, were on the scene. A photo sent to 24 Hour News 8 by a witness showed officers in tactical gear. That witness said there was also a K-9 unit at the house.

Christopher and Theresa Lockhart (undated photo)

Theresa Lockhart was last seen on May 18. She was reported missing on May 20 by officials at Schoolcraft Community Schools, where she teaches Spanish.

Christopher Lockhart has been named a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance, but he denied involvement in an interview with 24 Hour News 8 over the weekend.

Portage police have said the case could become a homicide investigation.

Anyone with information about where Theresa Lockhart may be is asked to call Portage police at 269.329.4567 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.