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.
A sketch of the police believe that showing the face of the killer behind the 2017 slaughter of two girls in Indiana and that was released to the public on Monday, it was actually signed two years ago — just a few days after the victim’s bodies were discovered.
Indiana State Police said during a press conference the figure shows the unknown man is suspected of the murder of Libby German, 14, and Abby Williams, 13. Officials said the man is believed to be between the ages of 18 and 40 years of age, but may appear younger. He is also believed to have lived, worked, or regularly visited Delphi, which is located about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
The sketch of the artist with the ISP who pulled the face, Master Trooper Taylor Bryant, told the Indianapolis Star, is the picture presented as new on Monday had in fact already drawn Feb. 17, 2017, three days after the bodies of two girls were discovered.
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In vague terms, Bryant told the Star in the image is based on the description of a man by a witness reported seeing something they felt needed to be reported. The sketch is a “rough estimate of what the person looks like.”
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)
Bryant, who don’t show signs of an earlier, widely-scattered sketches released by the police showed that a much older person of interest, told the Star that he makes his drawings that are based on how a witness describes a suspect with using a “facial identification reference sheet,” which allows people to describe a suspect on the basis of various categories such as a person in the form of the head, the style of the eyebrows or the type of the nose.
“The witness is the main focus,” he told the paper. “So there is no input from the law enforcement in the generation of a sketch, other than my presence as an artist.”
A previously released composite sketch of a suspect in the murder of two teenage girls in Indiana.
(Indiana State Police)
The question of why a sketch made in 2017 was only now being released — as the centerpiece of a press conference — a state police spokesman told Fox News on Tuesday the agency has no comment on investigative techniques.
But on Monday, officials said that the new image came after a number of bits of new information that had a “continually evaluated and investigated.” Authorities say that the image “accurately” depicted on the face of the suspect from the video recorded on the German mobile phone while she and Abigail were on the High Bridge.
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Indiana State Police information regarding the murder investigation of Abigail Williams and Freedom German
The new short video released by authorities shows a man walk on the High Bridge in the hope that someone might identify the individual based on the mannerisms as he walks. In the course of the investigation into the killings, authorities had previously released a grainy image of the man from the video walking on the bridge around the time of the girl disappearance.
In addition to the video and new picture from ISP Superintendent Doug Carter turned out 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 day that the girl’s bodies were discovered. The vehicle was parked on the old CPS/DCS/Welfare building, according to Carter.
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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 to go for a walk. 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.
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Police releasing new video and a new sketch of the suspect in the murder of the Freedom German, and Abigail Williams; response of private detective Vincent Hill, the former Nashville police officer.
“We believe that you are hiding in plain sight,” an emotional Carter said, addressing the killer directly at the press conference. “For more than two years you never thought that we would shift to a different research strategy, but we have.”
A retired homicide detective with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told FOX59 “sketches in any crime can be tricky,” because they are not exactly photos, but can still prove valuable for the generation of tips.
“Sketches are worth it, but you never want to take it on the 100 percent value and thinking that they look exactly the same as the sketch, because she didn’t,” retired homicide captain Robert Snow told the tv station.
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)
“I’ve never seen sketches that look exactly like a person, again it’s not like a photo, but it can give you a number of suspects sometimes,” he added.
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Snow, who told FOX59 that he had no inside information about the investigation or the reason why it took two years for the video of the man to be released, praised the actions of the federal police to the matter in the spotlight.
“The nice thing is, the police have not yet given,” he told FOX59. “They are still working full force, even after two years.”
Authorities encourage anyone with information to contact the tip line at 844-459-5786 or e-mail to Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com.