Police clarify suspect sketch in Delphi girls' killings

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DELPHI, Ind. (AP / WNDU) - The Latest on the investigation into the 2017 killings of two northern Indiana girls (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

Indiana State Police have released a statement clarifying information about a newly-released sketch of a man suspected of killing two teenage girls in 2017.

The statement Wednesday said that the sketch police released Monday of a youthful-appearing man "more accurately represents the person" they believe killed 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams in February 2017.

Their statement says a composite sketch released in July 2017 of a middle-aged man was developed early in their investigation but the man it depicts "is not presently a person of interest in this investigation."

Police add that the new sketch is "representative of the face of the person captured" in video taken from German's cellphone of a man walking on an abandoned railroad bridge.

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2:20 p.m.

The Indiana State Police issued this press release by email:

In the early days and months of the Delphi Murder investigation information was developed about suspect descriptions. It was initially believed the sketch that has been in public view over the last two years of a person in the age range of his 40’s to 50’s was a person of interest in this murder investigation. Now, as the investigation has matured and past information has been reassessed, it is the belief of investigators with the Multi-Agency Task Force that the person depicted in the sketch released on April 22nd more accurately represents the person wanted for the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German.

It is important to distinguish these points about the two sketches:

• They are not the same person
• The person depicted in the originally released sketch is not presently a person of interest in this investigation
• The sketch released on April 22nd is representative of the face of the person captured in the video on Liberty German’s cell phone as he was walking on the high bridge
• The person in the sketch released April 22nd is described as having a youthful appearance, but could fall in the age range from his 20’s to late 30’s
• This person’s appearance could look different today if he has grown a mustache, beard or let his hair grow longer or cut his hair shorter than depicted in the sketch

Members of the Delphi community should reflect back on people they know in the community that look similar to the sketch released on April 22nd, especially if that person has changed their appearance since the murders occurred in February of 2017.

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10:17 a.m.

A newly released sketch of a man suspected of killing two Indiana teenagers in 2017 was created only days after the girls' slayings, but authorities aren't saying why they held onto it for more than two years.

Indiana State Police initially released a composite sketch five months after the February 2017 killings of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams depicting a white man with a goatee.

The sketch released Monday shows a clean-shaven, younger-looking man with significantly different facial features.

A state police sketch artist tells The Indianapolis Star he drew it three days after the girls' bodies were found.

Police spokesman Sgt. Kim Riley declined to answer any questions Wednesday about the sketch.

Police Superintendent Doug Carter said Monday that "new information and intelligence" leads police to believe it depicts the killer.

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4/24/2019 3:38:45 PM (GMT -4:00)