Indiana State Police Release New Sketch, Audio, Video In Delphi Murder Case

Nancy Harty
April 22, 2019 - 12:17 pm
New Sketch Of Delphi Murder Suspect

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DELPHI, Ind. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter announced Monday new information about the 2017 murders of two teenage girls in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, north of Indianapolis. The information included a new sketch, video, and audio of the suspect.

Police said the new information is a "significant update" and that the investigation is going in a new direction.

The bodies of 14-year-old Liberty "Libby" German and 13-year-old Abigail "Abby" Williams were found in Feb. 14, 2017 in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, about a half mile upstream from the high bridge.

Indiana State Police released Monday a new sketch of the suspect. Police said the man is believed to be between the age of 18 and 40, "but might appear younger than his true age." Supt. Carter said as the investigation progressed, police concluded that the first sketch released will become secondary, as of Monday. The result of the new information, and intelligence over time, leads police believe that the new sketch released Monday "is the person responsible for the murders of these two little girls."

New Sketch - Delphi Murder Suspect
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According to police, the new sketch "was derived from a witness that described this person being in the area contemporaneous to the time frame of the murders," WBBM Newsradio confirmed. 

"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," Supt. Carter, said in a later released statement.

Supt. Carter said police believe the person is from Delphi - currently or has previously lived in Delphi, visits Delphi on a regular basis, or works in Delphi. 

He spoke directly to the killer, who he said may be in the room,: "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. We know that this is about power to you. And you want to know what we know, and one day, you will. 

"The question to you: what will those closest to you think of when they find out you brutally murdered two little girls, two children? Only a coward would do such a thing. We are confident that you have told someone what you have done or at the very least, they know because of how different you are since the murders."

State Police also released more of the audio, as well as previously unreleased video from Libby's phone. 

"Please keep in mind the person talking is one person and is the person on the bridge with the girls. This is no two different people speaking. Please listen to it very, very carefully," Supt. Carter said. 

The video shows a suspect walking on a bridge.

"As you watch the video, watch the person's mannerisms as they walk. Watch the mannerisms as he walks. Do you recognize the mannerisms as someone you might know? Remember he is walking on a former railroad bridge - because of the deteriorating condition of the bridge, the suspect is not walking naturally due to the spacing between the ties," Supt. Carter said.

Police are seeking the public's help to identify this man. Supt. Carter asked for the "continued support, continued understanding, empathy and compassion as we move forward to find out who did this, and we will.

"There is going to be a tremendous amount of questions moving forward. I know that...Please be patient with us, please. We are just beginning. We are just now beginning."

Police are also seeking the public's help to identify the driver of a vehicle parked at the old CPS/DCS/welfare building, in Delphi, that was abandoned on the east side of County Road 300 North next to the Hoosier Heartland Highway between 12 p.m. (noon) and 5 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2017. If you parked there, or know someone who was parked there, please contact the officer's at the command post at the Delphi city building.

Supt. Carter said the girls' families learned about the latest developments Monday morning. He asked the media to give the family two weeks before commenting on the new information.

Photos provided to WBBM Newsradio

On Monday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m., 14-year-old Liberty "Libby" German and 13-year-old Abigail "Abby" Williams were walking near the Monon High Bridge, an abandoned rail bridge over Deer Creek. They were to be picked up later that afternoon, but did not show up at that time. According to police, following an extensive search, the bodies of the two girls were found Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, approximately one-half mile upstream from the bridge.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to send tips to this email address: abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com. The telephone tip line is (844) 459-5786. Tips are also accepted by the Indiana State Police at (800) 382-7537, or by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department at (765) 564-2413.