New sketch, footage released in IN teen hiker murders


DELPHI, Ind. (WOOD) — Indiana State Police are hoping a new sketch, footage and vehicle description will lead them to the man who brutally murdered two teenage girls hiking in 2017.

Police released new details during a Monday news conference. ISP Superintendent Douglas Carter also addressed the killer of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams.

“A question to you: What will those closest to you think of when they find out that you brutally murdered two little girls? Two children. Only a coward would do such a thing,” Carter said.

>>App users: Watch the noon news conference live here.

Police believe the killer either lives or works in the town of Delphi near where the two girls were murdered. While releasing the new sketch, they said the suspect is between the ages of 18 and 40, but may appear younger than his true age.

“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,” Carter said.

Indiana State Police are confident the killer told someone about the murders.

“We know this is about power to you. And you want to know what we know. And one day, you will,” Carter added.

Indiana State Police are seeking tips about the driver of a vehicle abandoned at the old CPS-DCS welfare building in Delphi on the east side of County Road 300 North next to the Hoosier Heartland Highway between noon and 5 p.m. the day the bodies of both girls were discovered.

They were found in a rugged, wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, about a half-mile upstream from the abandoned Monon High railway bridge where they were dropped off around 1 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2017.  

“I believe you have just a little bit of a conscience left. And I can assure you that how you left them in that woods is not, is not what they are experiencing today,” Carter directed at the killer.

Indiana State Police also released new video of the suspect walking on the railway bridge, taken from Liberty’s phone. They noted his unusual gait. 

They also played an updated recording of the killer’s voice Liberty also captured on her phone. He’s heard ordering the girls to go “down the hill.”

Detectives also called on the community to pay attention to the mannerisms of those they know, to see if they’ve changed since the murders.

Local, state and federal authorities have spent thousands of hours investigating tips and evidence in the case.

“We are just now beginning… we will not stop,” Carter said.

He said the families of both girls learned of the new leads this morning.

“I just want the family to know: When I take my last breath on this earth, I will be thinking of them,” Carter said.

The reward for information leading to the girls’ killer may be up to $200,000. Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to email ISP or call them at 800.382.7537. Tips can also be submitted by calling 844.459.5786.



Indiana State Police: Delphi Homicide Investigation

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