Former Fast Food Building Linked to 1978 Unsolved Murders in Indiana Being Demolished

SPEEDWAY, Ind. — The site of a former fast food restaurant in Speedway, Indiana, once linked to the unsolved murders of four young people in 1978, is scheduled for demolition in the coming weeks. The building that housed a Burger Chef and later a pawn shop is now set to be torn down, marking the end of a long-standing reminder of the tragic event.

The Burger Chef location was the scene of a horrific crime where four workers were abducted and later found dead in a neighboring county. The victims, Jayne Friedt, Daniel Davis, Mark Flemmonds, and Ruth Ellen Shelton, were all brutally murdered, and the case has remained unsolved for over 45 years.

After the murders, the restaurant was initially cleaned and reopened, but the unsolved nature of the crimes continued to haunt the community. The building has since seen various occupants, none of which were able to erase the memory of the tragic event that occurred within its walls.

Despite multiple attempts at redevelopment, the building has remained a chilling reminder of the unsolved murders, with nearby residents often being reminded of the tragic event that took place there. As the town officials plan to move forward with the demolition, there are hopes that the new development will replace the haunting history with a more positive and productive establishment.

The building’s transformation from a fast food chain to a pawn shop, and now its impending demolition, marks the end of a significant chapter in the town’s history. The hope is that the new development will bring about a fresh and positive change to the community, aiming to move beyond the dark shadow of the unsolved murders that have lingered for decades.