Prayer vigil held for missing Portage teacher, mom

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — A prayer vigil was held Thursday for Theresa Huyge Lockhart of Portage, who has been missing for two weeks.

The service was held at her church, St. Mary Magdalen in Kentwood. A small group of Lockhart’s friends sang and prayed for her return.

“We’re scared. We are very fearful,” said Velma Duiven, whose daughter is Lockhart’s best friend. “We want her to be found alive and well.”

Lockhart, 44, grew up in the Grand Rapids area and moved to the Kalamazoo area a few years ago when she married Christopher Lockhart, 24 Hour News 8 was told. She works as an adjunct professor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and teaches high school Spanish at Schoolcraft Community Schools. She’s also a stepmom to her husband’s two children.

Thursday marks two weeks since she was last seen leaving her home in Portage. Her husband saw her leave the house around 10 p.m. on May 18. Police are not saying if she told him where she was going. Her vehicle was found a few miles from their home at the park and ride off of Angling Road, the Portage Department of Public Safety said.

Since then, there has been no credit card or phone activity from Lockhart.

“That’s just not Theresa. Theresa is the most dependable,” Duiven said.

Police have searched the area near the park and ride and her home four times, bringing in K-9s and a helicopter, but haven’t been able to find her.

Lockhart’s best friend since childhood, Michelle Addington, says she was texting her days before and Lockhart wrote, “Making plans for a career change. Scary, yet exciting. It’s been way overdue!”

She never told Addington what the change was. Five days after she disappeared, she was supposed to be at Addington’s daughter’s confirmation; she was her sponsor. But she never showed up.

“I said, ‘We have a problem. There is something wrong. It’s been 24 hours and we haven’t heard from Theresa,” Addington recalled.

After repeated unanswered texts and calls, Addington called police and learned her best friend had been reported missing.

“Keeping the prayers going that she’s safe and somebody knows something that’s out there and share and we can get her back home,” Addington said.

Lockhart is described as about 5-foot-5 and 115 pounds. She has brown hair and eyes and wears glasses. Anyone with information about where she may be is asked to call Portage police at 269.329.4567 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.

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