DELPHI — Production at Indiana Packers Corp. in Delphi was interrupted Wednesday afternoon after the company's employment office in Lafayette received a bomb threat.
Carroll County sheriff's deputies were called to the meat packing plant at 1:10 p.m. Feb. 22 on a report of a threat that had been phoned in to an office in Lafayette in which the caller threatened of two bombs, according to police.
Carroll Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said police remained at the scene until shortly after 4 p.m. helping Indiana Packers management and other law enforcement search the plant. The search turned up nothing, Leazenby said.
"I think somebody must've thought we had a bunch of downtime," Leazenby said in jest as police activity at the plant wound down.
He clarified that the activity was unrelated to law enforcement's ongoing investigation into the murder of two teenage Delphi girls.
Carroll County deputies are working with state police and the FBI on the double homicide case. The agencies had held a press conference Wednesday morning regarding the homicides.
However, Leazenby said the police presence at Indiana Packers was "totally unrelated to the homicide investigation."
Sheriff's deputies were joined by Lafayette Police and Howard County Sheriff's deputies, Leazenby said.
A spokesman for Indiana Packers did not immediately return a voicemail left requesting comment.
The threat was Indiana Packers' second in less than a year. In May 2016, police were called to the plant after another anonymous bomb threat.
An employee of Indiana Packers was later arrested and charged in connection with that threat. Brian Phillips of Lafayette is scheduled to face a jury trial this May on felony charges stemming from the 2016 threat police say he made, court records indicate.
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