The mysterious murder of two Delphi girls deepened this week when Indiana State Police revealed new clues about the killer, including that he may live in the tight-knit Indiana community. But this new information -- including a new sketch and more video evidence -- seems to leave the public with more questions than answers. The male suspect -- seen in this new sketch released on Monday -- is believed to be between 18 and 40 years old, but may appear younger than his age, police said.
Former FBI agent and ABC News contributor Brad Garrett said the new sketch likely came from a new witness -- "someone that's come forward, maybe alleging to have actually seen the guy they're looking for. I think they have a new eyewitness who has come forward," he told "Good Morning America" Tuesday. A sketch like that is mostly done when someone is describing what a person looks like -- it's not a computer generated image from that video.
Over 1, tips have been submitted since Monday's news conference, authorities said on Tuesday. Authorities said tips on the suspect sketch is their main focus. The killer is believed to currently or previously live in Delphi, work in town or visit on a regular basis, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter announced Monday.
From the beginning, Garrett said he believed the killer was local and "attached to this community" of nearly 3, people.
That's Carroll County," Garrett said. Serial offenders often do not leave the area where they committed their crimes, Garrett said, because "they feel comfortable that they're not gonna get caught. That doesn't mean somebody doesn't know something, but he's been very good at maintaining his lifestyle," Garrett continued.
Walsh said it's likely the killer is "very close to the investigation" and is likely "trying to take the temperature of the investigators to determine what they know and how hot on his trail they are. Officials also said a car was left in the parking lot of an abandoned building in Delphi on the afternoon the girls were killed.
Carter did not elaborate on the car's involvement in the case. But Garrett said he believes investigators either just learned about the car recently or were unable to find the driver. Inpolice released a grainy image of someone seen on the trail the day the girls went missing along with a chilling recording found on Libby's phone with just three words heard: "Down the hill. The brief video clip shows the suspect walking on the bridge near where the girls were last seen.
Garrett said he doesn't understand why state police waited two years to release the additional footage. But to Walsh, the delayed release of the video and audio helps keep "the community invested in this crime. Walsh thinks Monday's press conference was an appeal to the community in hopes that more eyewitnesses will come forward.
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ABC News Live.Delphi had been known as a quiet, tight-knit, rural area in central Indiana. Described by the sheriff as "small-town USA," with one main street running from the jail to the courthouse to the library, everyone seemed to know everyone. But on Feb. The mysterious crime not only rocked rural Delphi, it also captured the interest of the country -- and Carter has vowed to forge ahead until the killer is found. Abby's mother, Anna Williams, is frustrated three years have gone by, but she says no one has seemed to forget about their case.
On Feb. The girls' bodies were found the next day near the trail, several hundred yards from the Monon High Bridge, where they had posted this Snapchat photo. How Abby and Libby died has still not been released to the public, which Carter said is "because only the killer knows. Arika Gibson was 14 when her best friends were killed. Now, she's a junior in high school. I'm still thinking about them in everything I do. Abby was raised by her single mother, Anna Williams, and the two had an especially close relationship.
Abby and Libby were only in eighth grade, but had already talked about pursuing careers in forensic science, Anna Williams said. Libby, a gifted athlete, lived with her grandparents, who had been her guardians since she was 3 years old. Soon after the murders, authorities released a grainy image of the suspect, who they say was on the trail the day the girls went missing. State police last year released video footage from Libby's phone.
The brief video clip shows a grainy image of the suspect walking on the bridge near where the girls were last seen. Police also publicized the suspect's voice -- a recording of him saying "down the hill" -- which was recovered from Libby's phone.
Last year, police released a new suspect sketch that Carter says was based on a witness' recollection of what he or she saw. Carter said that he believes that since the killer's image and voice were publicized, and they have not been able to identify a suspect, someone knows who he is but is keeping quiet because of "extreme fear.
For Libby's grandfather, the three-year mark is just "another year with no answers" and "no resolution. Leazenby wouldn't discuss the evidence or details of the investigation, but said "our investigators still have things they're following, whether it's new information or going back and looking at certain pieces from the past.
The sheriff said he thinks the killer has a connection to Delphi, "whether it's an individual that previously lived in our community and knows the area where the girls were located very well, or possibly is still in our community.
Carter also believes the killer has a connection to Delphi, and ABC News contributor and former FBI agent Brad Garrett agrees, noting that the hiking trail is probably too remote to attract outsiders.Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. It's been more than two years since the Delphi murders. Here's what we know now about the unsolved killings of Abigail Williams and Liberty Germany.
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Abby and Libby went missing a year ago on Feb. They had planned to meet up with a family member later in the day. The two eighth-graders posted several photos of themselves on Facebook, while crossing the scenic Monon High Bridge the afternoon they disappeared. Their bodies were found about 24 hours later near Deer Creek, a half mile east of the the bridge. There have been 30, leads in the case, with each one investigated by police, according to State Police Superintendent Doug Carter.
In a news conference at the Monon High Bridge trailhead, Carter said investigators still want to hear tips. I think there's one piece.
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And it's having one individual with the strength to say that was my brother, that's my dad, or that's my cousin, that's my neighbor, my co-worker. And I think we're one piece away — one piece.
The audio: German also captured a snippet of audio on her phone of someone giving the command "Down the Hill" to the two teens. Police praised her for her foresight in capturing an image and voice that they could analyze in the search for the killer.
On April 22, police released a revised sketch of the suspectthis one without a beard. Police said the initial sketch would become "secondary. Indiana State Police noted that because of the condition of the bridge, the man is not walking normally. Jerry Holeman, the investigative commander of the Lafayette District. Indiana State Police officials have not confirmed yet whether they have DNA samples that are directly tied to a possible suspect or suspects in the Delphi case.
Before the new law took effect on Jan.On the afternoon of Feb. While walking on the trail, Libby posts a photo to Snapchat showing Abby crossing the bridge. A huge search gets underway but is called off when it gets too dark. In a news release, Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby say there is no reason to suspect foul play or to believe the girls are in immediate danger. The search continues for the girls, and around noon, teams find two bodies about a half-mile away from the bridge.
Although authorities share the information with the media, they do not reveal the identity of the bodies. Autopsies are conducted on the bodies. They say the girls were murdered.
Murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German
Kim Riley. The image shows a white male with his hands in his pockets while walking. He is wearing jeans, a navy blue jacket and a hat. Police say they are searching for the man seen in the photo and encourage members of the public to call in with tips. At a news conference, police reveal Libby recorded video and audio of the suspect on her cell phone. The recording, which is released to the pubic, appears to capture a man's voice saying, "Down the hill. We are begging you, begging you to come forward.
We need to find out who has done this to our girls. The release of the audio triggered more than a thousand tips. Now they are only releasing a portion of it, why? It could be an attack on the girls. It could even be their murders that they are not releasing to spare the families. But there's more proof on that video! Abby Williams' grandparents leave an emotional note at police headquarters to expresses their gratitude for those investigating the case.
Mike Patty, Libby's grandfather, speaks out for the first time at a news conference at the Carroll County Courthouse.The and year-olds are being called heroes for leaving clues to help solve their crime. Their bodies were found murdered the next day, on Valentine's Day, February 14, Off from school and looking for some outdoor fun, Liberty "Libby" German14, and Abigail "Abby" Williams13, went hiking near the Monon High Bridge in Delphi, Indiana after being dropped off by a family member.
It was during this time police suspect they were approached by the killer s. They were reported missing after both girls failed to show up to their predetermined pickup location later that day.
Delphi is a small community of just about 3, people and is mostly surrounded by scenic, nature trails.
It wouldn't be uncommon for the girls, or anyone, to go for a hike there. During their hike, Libby posted a Snapchat photo of Abby taken at p. At p. When they failed to do so, the family immediately called the police to report the girls missing. Police and volunteers took to the trail in search of Libby and Abby, but ultimately called off the search around midnight due to darkness. As a parent, this part concerns me greatly. If there was even the slightest chance of finding one or both girls alive, nothing would stop me, especially darkness.
However, the police initially thought foul play wasn't a factor. Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby stated that there was no reason to be believe the girls were in immediate danger.
K-9 units, dive teams, volunteers, and police officers continued the search in the morning, looking for the two girls. Authorities refused to identify the two girls as Liberty German and Abigail Williams at a press conference held a few hours later.
In a news conference on the same day, police confirmed that the bodies found were Libby and Abby. It was only on February 19th that police called the man in the photo a suspect in the double homicide. A hotline was set up for potential tips anyone may have, but police cautioned the community not to 'harass, bother or accuse' anyone. Because of social media, and the onslaught of armchair detectives, pictures and information of people who may look like the man in the photo circulated, causing death threats and harassment.
In a press conference on February 22nd, officers were visibly shaken and upset when talking about the two girls and asked for the public's assistance in helping find the culprit. You can watch the full presser here:. Tony Slocum of the Indiana State Police. In the recording that police released hoping that someone might recognize the killer's voice, you can hear a male voice instructing the girls to go "down the hill.
Professional crime scene animator, Gray Hughes known for his work on the Jodi Arias caseuploaded a video to YouTube showing the locations and the crime scene flow.Please support us by making a contribution. At approximately p. The teens had been reported missing the previous day by family members. Their bodies were discovered by volunteers who were helping in an organized search for the girls.
Law enforcement is investigating the case as a double homicide. Since Wednesday February 15th, law enforcement officers have distributed a photo of a person observed on the Delphi Historic Trail.
During the course of the investigation, preliminary evidence has led investigators to believe the person, in the distributed photo, is suspected of having participated in the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German. Citizens can provide information about this case by calling the Delphi Murder Tip Line at Information can be reported anonymously. The warrant was part of the ongoing Delphi investigation. At this time, no person at this home is considered a suspect in the Delphi murder investigation.
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Using her cellphone, German recorded video footage of a man walking toward the girls on the Monon High Bridge. And perhaps most intriguingly, though autopsies were conducted on both girls, neither police nor FBI have released the cause or time of death for German or Williams.
They also have not confirmed whether DNA evidence was found at the scene.Delphi Daughters: The Untold Story of Abby & Libby
We do that so when we get key evidence, only the killer or killers know the cause of death. Like when people put up side-by-side photos of innocent people—or, at least, people with no ties to the state of Indiana or Delphi—which creates false [information]. And armchair detectives are even taking their interest in the case a step further by creating YouTube reenactments of the crime. Nothing out there is accurate, which only leads to more false tips.
The Delphi Murders Is Not a Cold Case And while the murders of German and Williams remain unsolved as of the publication of this article, Holeman is adamant that the case is anything but cold. During the press conference, Police Superintendent Doug Carter expressed his belief that the suspect is a resident of Delphi. We know this is about power to you. You want to know what we know.
And one day, you will. If you have any information about the murders of Abby Williams and Libby German, please call the Delphi homicide tip line at or email abbyandlibbytip cacoshrf. There is a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible. Photo: J. Watch: After a murderer forces his victim to write a farewell letter to her family, a hidden clue in the note untangles the largest manhunt in South Carolina history.
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