The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 5:32 am

2 Warsaw teens' bodies found in pond

Chris Meyers | The Journal Gazette

There’s a wooden bench swing that faces the small pond in the corner of the property. A fire pit with several chairs in a semi circle are behind the swing.

Chairs and a fire pit where friends gathered Friday night to celebrate the recent birthday of Kaleb Lampkin, who had just turned 17.

But that night turned to a tragedy when Lampkin and Korbin Foster, also 17, went missing from the home in the middle of the night.

Their bodies were found later Saturday, about 2 p.m., pulled from the pond near the home, victims of apparent drownings, according to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department. 

The sheriff’s department, along with other law enforcement agencies was working Saturday on piecing together what led to the boys’ deaths.

Investigators said a group of teenage boys were at the home at 2028 S. Maple Run for an overnight stay.

The sheriff’s department’s timeline for Saturday began about 1:41 a.m., when deputies were at the home for a report that Lampkin and Foster were missing.

Lampkin’s mother took to social media about 10 a.m. Saturday to try to find her son and his friend, posting a photo and a plea for help to Facebook to see whether anyone knew the location of the two. The post said the two had been missing since about midnight.

Police said another teen at the party was acting strangely, and medics responded to the home for potential drug inducement. That person was transported to the hospital.

Police searched the area of the home, a little more than half a mile southwest of Warsaw’s city limits, but did not find the two teens. Officers were told they had possibly gone to Warsaw.

Then came the call at 2 p.m. of a possible drowning at the home.

The caller told dispatch one victim had already been pulled from the water, and the sheriff’s department said the department’s dive team later found the second body.

The pond, about a third of an acre and much of it lined with trees, has three homes, a church and a road that border it. A small corner projects into the property where the boys were staying.

No further information was available Saturday evening, and the deaths are under investigation.


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