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September 22, 2023

Crowe Accountant Jacob Sandy Died of Apparent Drowning During Kayaking Trip

Sad news to report out of Indiana, as the body of 23-year-old accountant Jacob Sandy, who was last seen kayaking on May 18, was found along the Lake Michigan shoreline on May 29.

Jacob Sandy

The official cause of death is pending but is believed to be accidental drowning, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said in a press release.

Sandy, who had worked at Crowe in South Bend, IN, as an auditor since October 2018, was kayaking near Indiana Dunes National Park’s Porter Beach before a storm moved across the area on May 18, according to published reports.

His kayak was found about 18 miles away from where he was last seen kayaking, near New Buffalo, MI, on May 21. Conservation officers began surface and sonar searches of Lake Michigan on May 22, according to reports.

Authorities are unsure if Sandy had a life jacket with him at the time of the accident. He wasn’t wearing a life jacket and one wasn’t found when his body was discovered by an employee of Indiana Dunes State Park on Wednesday morning.

The Detroit-area native moved to South Bend after graduating from Hope College in Holland, MI, with a degree in public accounting/business management. And according to his LinkedIn profile, Sandy recently passed his CPA exam.

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