DELPHI, Ind. (WNDU/AP) -- Members of the public immediately murmured among themselves when Indiana State Police released the new sketch and video of the Delphi murder suspect at the city’s Canal Center Monday morning.
The announcement marked a different direction for the 26-monthlong investigation into who killed 13-year-old Abby Williams and 14-year-old Libby German.
The friends went missing February 13, 2017, and their bodies were found the next day under the Monon High Bridge near Delphi.
“I knew [the investigation] would come to a head, but I thought it would have come to a head a lot sooner. I thought we would have him in jail by now,” remarked John MaCurdy, a Burlington resident.
Indiana State Police believe the suspect is a man between the ages of 18 and 40, but he could be younger. They also think he lives, works or otherwise has connections to Delphi.
ISP Superintendent Doug Carter said at the Monday news conference that the killer could be in the crowd.
“You could feel the whole atmosphere of the room change,” Tiffany Burns recalled. “You start to look out of the corner of your eyes and looking around to see, ‘Is he [in here]?’ You know? You could tell everybody felt it.”
As a little girl, Audra Kesler, of Brookston, said she used to play near where Williams and German were found dead, making their killings seem more real to her. Since February 2017, Kesler thinks their murderer is lurking at the public announcements when police reveal developments in the Delphi murder investigation.
“Every time I come to one of these [announcements], I’m always thinking that he’s right here, right around,” Kesler explained.
Anyone with information on the suspect should call police at 844-459-5786 or email investigators at email@example.com.