Information on singing group from Delphi wanted in 40-year-old cold case

Provided Photo: Indiana State Police
Provided Photo: Indiana State Police

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) – As part of a nearly 40-year-old cold case investigation, Indiana State Police are looking for a group of people from Delphi.

On August 6,1975, Laurel Mitchell, 17, was last seen leaving work at Epworth Forest in North Webster in Kosciusko County at 10:15 p.m. The next morning, she was found dead in the Elkhart River in Noble County.

Now detectives need help identifying four or five young people, ages 16 to 22 at the time, who may have performed as a singing group at the Cokesbury Inn inside Epworth Forest the night Laurel went missing. It’s believed the group stopped at the town’s fire station at 10:30 p.m. for assistance with their vehicle.

“One of the subjects mentioned the town of Delphi that they were from. Just basically what we’re trying to do is find out who these people were from Delphi that may have seen something being that they were at the same location that this young girl worked at,” said Sergeant Kim Riley with the Indiana State Police.

There is still a reward for information that leads to solving this case. Anyone with information on the singing group or their members is asked to call Detective Kevin Smith at 260-403-2841 or 260-432-8661. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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