Police confirmed on Wednesday that they found the body of a missing Michigan teacher after her husband confessed to murdering her in his suicide note, NBC News reported.
Theresa Lockhart, a 44-year-old high school Spanish teacher, was found in a shallow grave 50 miles from her home after her husband, Christopher Lockhart, allegedly committed suicide and directed investigators to the location of his wife’s body in his suicide note.
In the note, Christopher, 47, reportedly confessed to killing his wife, who went missing in May, after they had an argument and he “just snapped.” The note also contained a hand-drawn map of where to find her body.
“While I’m not going to go into the details of the note, Chris did state that on the night of May 18, that he killed Theresa and that the next day he disposed of her body in the Allegan Game Area,” said Nick Armold, the local director of public safety, to NBC.
Christopher “did express remorse and ask for forgiveness,” Armold said. He died of apparent suicide by strangulation.
Theresa was reported missing by her school after she didn’t show up for two days, and her husband was quickly named a person of interest.
“He hasn’t cooperated pretty much from the beginning — very little, if any,” said Senior Deputy Chief John Blue to People magazine in June. He allegedly did not allow police to search his home until they showed up with a search warrant.
"My heart is breaking that a special life has been taken away but we now have closure as to what and when,” said Theresa’s sister Joan Mullowney in a post on Facebook. “Chris did one good deed before he died and that was to tell us where we could find Theresa."