In MICHIGAN CITY, A popular 126-foot high sand dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will
stay closed at least through fall this year while scientists continue to investigate
what caused an Illinois boy to become buried under 11 feet of sand last summer.
The decision to keep Mount Baldy and its Lake Michigan beachfront closed was made because two
more holes have been found on the dune in addition to the one that swallowed the 6 year old.
Mount Baldy is a very popular tourist attraction with thousands of visitors each year,
but the continued development of these holes in the dune surface poses a serious risk to the public.
The holes do not last very long. Generally they form and collapse within themselves within 24 hours.
Ground penetrating radar have shown a large number of anomalies below the surface
but scientists are baffled as to what causes the holes to form.