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Body of New Haven teen recovered from Lake Michigan

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (FORT WAYNE'S NBC) -- The body of a 16-year-old New Haven girl who went missing while swimming with her family was recovered from Lake Michigan, Monday afternoon, according to reports from WTHR.

The teen has been identified as Trinity Coulter, and she was a student at New Haven High School.

East Allen County Schools leaders sent a release to local media that read, in part:

"Our entire school community is saddened by the passing of Trinity Coulter. We extend our heartfelt
condolences and support to her family.
East Allen County Schools will have counselors and resources at New Haven High School to help our
students and staff through the grieving process.

Leaders from Crossbridge Community Church in Fort Wayne, where Coulter attended, posted a statement that read, in part:

"It is with such a heavy heart that we share that earlier today, one of our sweet and precious youth students, Trinity Coulter, passed away unexpectedly at the lake. Our hearts are grieving and hurting for the Coulter family right now."

Officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are investigating the incident which happened around 2 p.m. Monday.

Emergency crews were called to the area of the lake near the Michigan City lighthouse where Coulter was reported missing.

Firefighters with the Michigan City Fire Department, who were working with first responders from several agencies to look for the girl, found her body about 50 minutes after she was reported missing.

Paramedics began life-saving measures on Coulter, but she was pronounced deceased at an area hospital.

Officers say a "beach hazard statement" that reported high-risk swimming conditions in the area, was in effect at the time.

Linda Jackson

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