connectVideoIndiana police release new sketch of the suspect in 2017 murder of teenager girls
Indiana State Police have a sketch released of a man who they believe is a suspect in the murder of Libby German, and Abby Williams; Mike Tobin has the details.
More than two years after two teenage girls were killed after going for a walk, Indiana State Police unveiled a new photo of the suspect in the massacre Monday while making a passionate plea to the killer, who is still on the loose.
ISP Superintendent Doug Carter said that the investigation into the 2017 murders of Libby German, 14, and Abby Williams, 13, now to focus more on someone who lives in Delphi, Indiana or used to live in the city is located about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
“We believe that you are hiding in plain sight,” an emotional Carter said at a press conference in a plea to the killer. “For more than two years you never thought that we would shift to a different research strategy, but we have.”
2017 DELPHI MURDERS OF 2 TEENAGE GIRLS MOVING IN ‘NEW DIRECTION’ INDIANA STATE POLICE SAY
On February 13, 2017, Abigail Williams, 13, and the Freedom German, 14, disappeared after being dropped off at the Delphi Historic Trails. The sketch of the unknown man (center) was released by the Indiana State Police on Monday, who is suspected in their murders.
(Indiana State Police)
Carter has a new sketch of a suspect that seems to be much younger than the previous sketch released by the police. The suspect is now believed to be a man who is between the ages of 18 and 40 years of age, but can also appear younger. The man is also believed to have lived, worked, or regularly visited Delphi.
Authorities were able to create the sketch that is “more accurate,” shows the face of the suspect from the video recorded on the German mobile phone while she and Abigail were on the High Bridge.
An emotional Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter says the suspected killer of the two girls a “heartless coward”
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“We have a witness. You made mistakes,” Carter said. “We will come to you and there is no place for a heartless coward like you to hide that gets his power from the killing of little girls.”
In addition to the sketch, Carter also revealed that the researchers were looking for the owner of a vehicle abandoned on the east side of the County Road 300 North in addition to the Hoosier Heartland Highway between 12 a.m. and 5 p.m on Feb. 14, 2017. The vehicle was parked on the old CPS/DCS/Welfare building, according to Carter.
A new sketch of the suspect of a Delphi-killer.
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The teens were reported missing on Feb. 13, 2017, after they were dropped off at the Delphi Historic Trails in the early afternoon. Their bodies were discovered the next day by a volunteer, about half a meter off the trail.
In spite of autopsies performed, no cause of death has ever been revealed for one of the girls. The police have tens of thousands of tips in the research of Williams and the German deaths, but still no arrests.
Authorities release audio, image of the suspicious teen massacre
Indiana State Police information regarding the murder investigation of Abigail Williams and Freedom German
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“We’ve probably interviewed you or someone close to you,” Carter said in a message to the killer. “We know that this is about power for you, and you want to know what we know. One day, you will.”
In the course of the investigation, the authorities released a grainy image of a man on the bridge around the time of the girl disappearance. A new short video of the man was published on Wednesday in the hope that someone might identify the man, based on the mannerisms as he walks.
Authorities also released an audio clip of one of the girl’s phones. The police said that it might be suspicious of the voice. An unknown man is heard to say: “the hill.”
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Carter said that the girls’ families learned about the latest developments on Monday morning and asked the media to give the family two weeks to comment on the new information, according to FOX59.
In the years since the teenage girls were killed, authorities had probed a possible link between the murders and a man accused of child abuse, after the public drew similarities between his mugshot and an FBI sketch of the killer.
On Feb. 14, 2017, Libby German, 14, and Abby Williams, 13, were killed while cycling on the paths in the vicinity of Delphi, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis
(Indiana State Police)
Delphi researchers had also worked closely with detectives in Fort Wayne, Indiana. after John. D Miller was arrested last year in 1988, killing an 8-year-old girl. Authorities, however, would not comment at the moment as he is a possible suspect in the two teenagers’ deaths.
Authorities encourage anyone with information to contact the tip line at 844-459-5786 or e-mail to Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com.
Fox News’ Katherine Lam and Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.