Liberty German, 14, and her friend, Abigail Williams, 13, were found murdered on February 14th in the small town of Delphi, Indiana. The town of Delphi is two hours southeast of Chicago with less than 3000 inhabitants.
The two teens were dropped off at the Delphi Historic Trail on February 13th, 2017. They were reported missing by their families when Liberty and Abigail to meet them at the designated place and time later on. Their bodies were found the next day less than a mile from the location they started their hike from.
I remember visiting my dad within the day it made news in Indianapolis. There was the signature blurry photo of this man in his jeans and blue jacket on the screen. At first, it was assumed this man had seen the girls at some point, and the police were asking him to come in for questioning.
Time passed and the news started reporting that the man had not come in yet. More people were admitting that they felt suspicious towards the man who had supposedly done nothing wrong. Finally, the Indiana State Police came out to say that this man was, in fact, a suspect.
Every few days, Hoosiers see in the news that the police have a search warrant for this house or that house for the Delphi murder case and at first, we all thought, “Wow, they found the killer quick!”
The police have been empty-handed so far, however; many are realizing that this is not the open-and-shut case we all suspected it would be.
About a week after the murder, the Indiana State Police held a press conference, and they released audio of the presumed murderer saying, “Down the hill” from Liberty German’s cell phone. They also admitted the infamous photo of the possible perpetrator was also from Liberty’s phone and that the FBI were getting involved with the case.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Solcum said investigators are interviewing other potential suspects and witnesses almost every hour, but they are being ruled out.
Quite a few rumors revolve around this case. It actually got so bad that the authorities issued a statement reminding concerned citizens not to share unverified information on the case.
The cash reward for this case currently sits at over $96,000. Since the audio came out, phone calls have been pouring into the police department and to the FBI.
Currently, near 10,000 tips have been reported since the incident. Local law enforcement and more than 20 outside agencies field through every tip to determine what is valuable. Some tips have come in from all over the world, including Australia.
Anyone with information about this case, no matter how insignificant, is encouraged to call the Delphi Homicide Investigation Tip Line at (844) 459-5786. Information can also be reported by calling the Indiana State Police at (800) 382-7537, or the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department at (765) 564-2413. Information can also be emailed to Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com