71 Murder at Tody Lake

May, 1975, two cousins, Scott Hardy and Mark Mellendorf walk from Mellendorf’s home in Lapeer County Michigan to Tody Lake for some fishing.

When the boys don’t return home, their parents raise the alarm and searchers scour the woods for hours trying to find the young boys. The next morning, a tracking dog makes a horrific discovery on the southern end of the lake. Both boys are dead and there is a killer on the loose in this idyllic community.

Days later a second boy, Willie Walters, takes his fishing gear to Kearsley Creek, he too doesn’t return. His battered body is discovered the next morning.

These horrific crimes happened just a few miles north of the hunting grounds favored by the Oakland County Child Killer in 1976-1977.


John G. Schrah is serving life in prison at a facility in the upper peninsula.
Judge Baguley presided at the trial of Kenneth Nard.
Kenneth Nard has spent his entire adult life in prison.


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9 thoughts on “71 Murder at Tody Lake”

  1. I recently started listening to this pod cast and IM HOOKED!! Awesome job on your research on each case I am enjoying listening to current and past episodes!

  2. Hi Nina — I woke up one night after I couldn’t sleep and turned the podcast on without looking at the title of this episode.

    I nearly fell out of my chair when you said Tody Lake and then I saw the title. I thought I was dreaming. I owned a 5 acre parcel on the lake for several years and found a make shift memorial one time and joked that “maybe someone was buried here”. Wow the joke was on me. I lived and worked out in the Oxford/Ortonville area my whole life and just never heard of this case. I think we are nearly the same age so maybe I was too young but Wow! I never would have looked at property on the lake had I known about this. So weird.

    I will tell you more offline if your interested but my neighbor in Northern Oakland County met an untimely demise as part of an organized crime ring. They found his body minus the head in Lake Orion. Channel 2 came to our door asking for comment and that is how/when we found out who he was and what he did for a living.

    Anyways keep up the great work.

    1. you can email me. Host at Already Gone Podcast dot com 🙂 I would love to hear about your neighbor.

      thank you for listening 🙂

  3. Hi, I’ve just started listening & I’m shocked at the injustice. Surely there’s DNA tests that could be done.
    Kenneth Nard, to me seems innocent. This is a travesty of justice.
    That young guys name could be obtained through police notebooks or freedom of info. I would be following up on this guy.
    Wasn’t schrah in that area too?
    Id follow up on that as well.
    Isn’t there an innocent fund or something, they try to free innocent folk. Id pass on nards name.
    I’m in Australia.

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more, ann-maree. There’s just too many holes in this case- while it “may” be possible that Kenneth may, “may” have had something to do with the murders, I am not convinced at all that he acted alone. I am a few months behind on coming across this episode but have been disturbed ever since listening to it. I’m interested in reaching out to the Innocence Project regarding this. My primary argument is that 2 life sentences was more than unusually unnecessary-and while the judge intended to block parole at every turn, the man is 60. It’s high time that he be considered for parole.

      Aside from that, I thoroughly enjoy the podcast. I am so glad to have come across it. Thank you for your commitment and excellent work on the show.

      1. Thank you Maria. Immediately following the episode I reached out to the innocence project out of the University of Michigan. They planned to contact Kenneth.

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