DELPHI, Ind. (WNDU) - After recent speculation about a suspect in another crime who may resemble sketches of the suspect in the murders of two girls in Delphi, Indiana, the Indiana State Police are reminding the public they investigate every tip.
The Delphi multi-agency investigative team has received multiple inquiries about a man arrested Jan. 8 in Randolph County for allegations of sex crimes against children and whether or not he is connected to the Delphi case.
Charles Eldridge, 46, was arrested for child molestation, and many people noted the resemblance between him and the sketch of the person suspected of killing Abby Williams and Libby German in February of 2017.
Eldridge's mugshot and the sketch of the Delphi murder suspect are featured in the photo above.
As of Jan. 11, investigators were saying it was too early to make any connection, and they were not calling Eldridge a person of interest in the Delphi murders.
A release from the Indiana State Police issued Monday afternoon made clear the multi-agency investigative team will be looking into whether Eldridge has any connection to the Delphi murders, just as they investigate every tip they receive.
“We know it’s hard for the public and media to resist posting side-by-side comparisons on social media of people who are alleged to have committed heinous crimes and also resemble the sketch of the Delphi murder suspect.” ISP Capt. Dave Bursten said in the release. “The only positive result from these actions is it keeps this open investigation in the mind of the public.
“I can promise you this: When an arrest is made of a suspect identified by the multi-agency investigative team as the alleged perpetrator of the Delphi Murders, rest assured, we will let everyone know."
Anyone with tips can email them to Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com or call the tip line at 844-459-5786.