Popular Indiana dune to remain closed indefinitely

In a photo provided by the Michigan City, Ind., Fire Department Josh Zimmer, a United Construction Co., works at the scene Friday, July 12, 2013, of the rescue of 6-year-old Nathan Woessner, who was found alive under  11 feet of sand on Mount Baldy sand dune at the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore near Michigan City, Ind.  Workers and equipment from construction sites aided in the rescue.    (AP Photo/Michigan City Fire Department, The News Dispatch)
In a photo provided by the Michigan City, Ind., Fire Department Josh Zimmer, a United Construction Co., works at the scene Friday, July 12, 2013, of the rescue of 6-year-old Nathan Woessner, who was found alive under 11 feet of sand on Mount Baldy sand dune at the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore near Michigan City, Ind. Workers and equipment from construction sites aided in the rescue. (AP Photo/Michigan City Fire Department, The News Dispatch)

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Officials say a popular 126-foot high sand dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will remain closed indefinitely while scientists continue trying to determine what caused an Illinois boy to become buried under 11 feet of sand.

Acting park Superintendent Garry Traynham says the decision was made to keep Mount Baldy and its beach front along Lake Michigan closed because more holes have been found on the dune.

Scientists are trying to determine why part of the dune collapsed July 12, burying then-6-year-old Nathan Woessner of Sterling, Ill., for more than three hours. The boy spent weeks undergoing rehabilitation after the accident. The dune has remained closed to the public since.

Park officials say the investigation could last until this fall.

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