On Feb. 13, 2017, Abigail Williams, 13, and the Freedom German, 14, disappeared after being dropped off at the Delphi Historic Trails. The image of the unknown man (middle) is taken from one of the girls’ mobile phones on the same day that she disappeared.
Two years after the bodies of Abigail Williams and Freedom German were found in the woods just a half-mile of a trail, their murders remain unsolved.
Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland marked the two-year anniversary of their deaths with a press conference on Wednesday, where he told reporters he remains ‘confident’ that the killer will be brought to justice.
“The community has the promise of me and of my employees, that my office will do everything it can to support the research.”
SAVANNAH SPURLOCK’S RELATIVES PLEAD FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MISSING WOMAN
The newly elected prosecutor said that he thinks about the case “every day” and “confident” an arrest will be made.
Abby and Libby, as well as their families called, disappeared on Feb. 13, 2017, after they were dropped off at the Delphi Historic Trails in the early afternoon. After there was no word of the two is for the hours, the families reported them missing. That night, search efforts began.
Their bodies were discovered the next day by a volunteer, about half a meter off the trail.
McLeland said the police have received 38,000 tips-to-date, often an average of a dozen or more per day. With a birthday at hand, he expects that figure to rise in the coming weeks.
A year after their death, police were using a grainy image of a man walking the trails on the same day the girls went missing as a prompt. The photo would have been taken at one of the girls’ mobile phones.
Authorities also released an audio clip of one of the phones. The police said that it might be suspicious of the voice. An unknown man can be heard saying: “the hill.”
THE PHOTOS SHOW WALLET, PHONE SAVANNAH SPURLOCK WITH THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED, POLICE SAY
On Wednesday, the authorities would not comment on the progress of the research or certain aspects of it, about the fear they could jeopardize the “integrity of the case.”
Details such as the cause and time of death still unknown to the public at large. McLeland says that this is to ensure that once an arrest is made, justice will be served.
“I am convinced that if he listens, or they listen to or who it is, that at a certain moment I will sit opposite you in the courtroom.”
Supt. Doug Carter with the Indiana State Police had strong words for the girls’ killer. “If you’re watching, we’re coming.”
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A composite sketch of the suspected killer was released a few months after the murders. He is described as a man with red-brown hair and an undetermined eye color. He is thought to stand between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10 and weighing between 180-220 kg.
Authorities encourage anyone with information to call the tip line (844) 459-5786 or e-mail to Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com.