Police release new sketch, video of suspect in Delphi murders

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DELPHI, Ind. (AP / WNDU) - Indiana State Police just released brand new video and audio of the suspect in the murders of Libby German and Abby Williams, two teens who were killed near Delphi in 2017.

Click on the attached clip to see the new video and listen to the audio.

ISP called the press conference Monday to discuss a change in direction for the investigation. While ISP Superintendent Doug Carter didn’t specify exactly what that change was, increased openness appears to be part of it.

“We also believe this person is from Delphi, currently or has previously lived here, visits Delphi on a regular basis or works here,” Carter said, going on to address the person responsible directly. “... We believe you are hiding in plain sight. For more than two years, you never thought we would shift gears to a different investigative strategy, but we have. We likely have interviewed you or someone close to you."

Police released a new sketch of the suspect in addition to the new video and audio.

“Watch the person’s mannerisms as he walks,” Carter implored. “Do you recognize the mannerisms as being someone that you might know?”

Carter also said police believe they know where the killer parked his car on the day of the murders. It was near a building that once housed child welfare offices.

"We have a witness. You made mistakes. We are coming for you, and there's no place for a heartless coward like you to hide that gets his thrill from killing little girls," Carter said

If you recognize this man, contact police by calling 844-459-5786 or emailing abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com

NewsCenter 16 was at the announcement and has full reports during our evening newscasts, beginning at 4.

Click here to watch video of the emotional police announcement.



The Latest on the investigation into the 2017 killings of two girls near Delphi (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

Indiana State Police have released video of the suspect in the 2017 killings of two teenage girls that shows the man walking on an abandoned railroad bridge the teens visited before they were slain.

State Police on Monday also released a new sketch and audio of the man suspected of killing 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams. The video and the audio came from German's cellphone.

State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said during a news conference in the girls' northern Indiana hometown of Delphi that investigators believe the man is between the ages of 18 and 40 and either lives or lived in Delphi or works in the area.

Carter vowed that police will solve the case and addressed the suspect during his briefing, saying, "We believe you are hiding in plain sight."

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10:25 a.m.

A spokesman says Indiana State Police will release "very significant information" about the 2017 deaths of two teenage girls who were killed during a hiking trip.

Agency spokesman Sgt. Kim Riley said Monday that no arrest warrants have been issued and no arrests have been made in the killings of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams. But he says investigators will release new information Monday about the unsolved case.

Riley says State Police Superintendent Doug Carter and a State Police captain will be making statements but won't take questions.

The teenagers' bodies were found in February 2017 in a rugged, wooded area a day after they went hiking near Delphi, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis.

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9:44 a.m.

Indiana State Police are to make an announcement about the investigation into the 2017 killings of two teenage girls.

State police say Superintendent Doug Carter will discuss how the investigation has gone in a "new direction" during a midday Monday news conference in Delphi.

The bodies of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams were found in February 2017 in a rugged, wooded area, one day after they went hiking near Delphi, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis. The slayings remain unsolved.

Investigators have reviewed thousands of leads looking for a man who forced the teens off the trail, ordering them to go "down the hill." Police also have released a composite sketch from eyewitnesses who believe they saw the man in Delphi.

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4/22/2019 12:47:10 PM (GMT -4:00)


Liberty "Libby" German and Abigail "Abby" Williams