DELPHI, Ind. (WNDU) Multiple police departments gathered Wednesday in Delphi to update the public on the recent murders of two teen girls, including releasing audio one of the girls recorded on her phone.
The bodies of 14-year-old Liberty "Libby" German and 13-year-old Abigail "Abby" Williams were found on February 14, about a quarter-mile from an abandoned railroad bridge that's part of a trail system near Delphi.
The audio clip from Libby's cell phone is short and there's a lot of background noise, but police say you can hear a person say "down the hill." You can hear the clip in the attached video player.
"The audio quality is not superb, but there's enough there that somebody could recognize this person's voice," said Capt. Dave Bursten, Chief Public Information Officer for the Indiana State Police. "If you hear this today, and you think, my God, that sounds like fill in the blank, call us. Make an anonymous tip. Tell us who you think it is. Let us investigate it. If it's not the right person, they'll just be out a little time and they'll be cleared and they can go along and they'll never know you called. But you may tell us who the right person was, and you could be the person that helps us to solve this horrible crime."
Police say the photo circulating of the suspect was also taken from Libby's phone. They would not confirm the voice on the audio was of the man in the photo. They remain tight lipped on the investigation as to not give away any information to the suspect or suspects.
"I understand there is info you would like to get into the media but as you know, we have information that is germane to our investigation to keep close to the vest," Sgt. Tony Slocum with the Indiana State Police said. "This investigation is too important to make any mistakes and give out the wrong information."
Police say Libby started recording video on her phone, but they won't give many more details than that.
They wouldn't say the length of the video, when she started recording, what else is heard or if there is any usable video along with it, but they do say there is more to it.
But one thing they can say for certain is that Libby's sense to turn on her phone could play a big part in finding their killer.
"This young lady is a hero," Slocum said. "There's no doubt. To have enough presence of mind to activate the video system on her cell phone to record what we believe is criminal behavior that's about to occur, there's no doubt that young lady is a hero."
However, the audio clip has left more questions than answers, including how the girls met the suspect.
"One of two things happened," Bursten said. "That was a chance encounter. That's possible. Don't think it's likely but it's possible. Or, that person knew they were going to be there. That's possible as well. Those are things we're looking into."
But police are confident someone will recognize the voice and that they'll find who did this.
"As poor as this picture is," Indiana State Police Supt. Doug Carter said. "Somebody knows. And if you're watching, we'll find you. To Abby and Libby. It's my hope and prayer that you're experiencing God's promise of eternal peace."
There has already been a number of public tips on the case, but police are looking for more. A $41,000 reward is currently being offered.
If you have any information about this case, please call 844-459-5786. You can submit a tip anonymously.
To watch the entire news conference, click on the Facebook Live post at the bottom of this story or click here.