Missing North Judson Man Found; Case Turned over to Starke County Coroner

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The body of an 82-year-old North Judson man was found Wednesday morning after a Silver Alert was issued by the North Judson Police Department. Robert L. Lemke was found after he was reported missing when a family member went to check on him on Tuesday evening. Lemke was believed to have left home on foot sometime between the evening hours Sunday, January 2nd and Tuesday evening.

Lemke’s body was found a 1/3 mile west of his residence in a wooded area at about 7:35 a.m. CT. Foul play is not suspected at this time and the case has been turned over to the Starke County Coroner’s Office. Indiana Conservation Officer Keith Wildeman found the body while utilizing his All-Terrain Vehicle in the woods.

The North Judson Police Department assisted in the search, along with the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Department with the use of their helicopter, North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department, and the DNR Law Enforcement Division.