Today marks the two year anniversary of a brutal double homicide in Delphi IN. On that fateful day, the two teens, Liberty German and Abigail Williams, came upon a predator as they walked along the Monon High Bridge Trail. It’s unknown when they first encountered the man. What is known is that he quickly approached girls as they crossed the treacherous High Bridge, somehow gained control of at least one of the girls, then ordered them ‘down the hill’ to their deaths.
Investigators appear to have a solid case. Libby was able to use her cell phone to record the suspect on video. The length of the video and what was seen or heard is largely a mystery to anyone but investigators. The public was given three still photos of the suspect taken from the video as well as a short audio clip in which the suspect is heard ordering the girls to ‘go down the hill’.
Investigators asked the public to keep an eye out for anyone placing a duffle bag along the highway or if anyone saw anything suspicious in Kokomo or Logansport. A sketch of the suspect was released along with a statement that the sketch had been compiled by multiple witnesses. We were told that the suspect ‘walked a great distance’ after the homicides.
Everything else is speculation. We have an idea what time the girls were led down the hill, at approximately 2:37pm. We believe the killer left the crime scene around 3:11pm when Libby’s Father, Derrick, called her cell phone. We know that a handful of witnesses reported seeing the man before and after the girl’s deaths.
A witness believes he saw the same man on the trail just three weeks before the homicides. He was at a bench along the trail that the girls would pass on the day they were murdered. That witness described the man on the bench as being a ‘hobo’ that asked for money and became confrontational when none was given to him.
Allegedly investigators allowed certain family members an opportunity to hear the girls comments as the suspect approached them on the bridge. It’s rumored that the girls were chatting about everyday matters until Abby asked Libby “Is the creepy guy behind me?” to which Libby replied “Mhmmm”. Then it’s been rumored that the clicking of a pistol can be heard before investigators stopped the video.
Leaked Facebook messages from a relative that claimed to have found the girls have given some insight as to what type of killer took the lives of the girls. It was stated that Abby was found with her hood up, arms crossed with a direct stab wound to the chest and at least one stab wound to the neck. Libby was partially unclothed and partially covered with leaves. Her throat had been cut. Both girls were found within a circular tree area just 50 feet away from Deer Creek.
DNA evidence was found. Investigators have been hesitant to confirm or deny what type of evidence was collected or if it’s been confirmed that it’s the suspect’s DNA. It was alluded to months ago that investigators are working with Parabon NanoLabs, a revolutionary genetic lab. An FBI suspect profile was created but was not released to the public.
Despite receiving around 38,000 tips and a $240,000 reward – the suspect is still unidentified. The public has a couple of blurry images, a seconds long audio clip, a general suspect description and a sketch. It’s simply not enough for the identification of the girl’s killer or the right person has not seen it.
Time is critical. Two years have passed. Witnesses memories will fade. Witnesses not yet known to investigators may move away from the area, become incapacitated or die without ever telling their accounts of that day or time period. The public will lose interest. Tips will cease. The case will become cold. In the meantime, a brutal murderer is left to roam the country and seek out other victims.
Investigators release as little information as possible to protect the integrity of the of the investigation. Releasing too many details can and does lead to false confessions. A false confession can absolutely be detrimental to a case.
The Kristina Hickey case is an excellent example of a false confession detailing a case. Christopher Abernathy falsely confessed to raping and murdering Hickey. He spent 30 years in the penitentiary for a crime he never committed. He was later released leaving the case unsolved after 30 years. A case is dead in it’s tracks after being closed for 30 years.
Investigators also rely on tips that involve information only the killer would know. A suspect will often confess details of a crime to inmates, friends or family members. That information will make its way back to investigators who then know they can connect that person to the crime in some way based on intimate details discussed.
How much is too much? How would releasing the FBI suspect profile complicate the case? Is he a woman hater? Is he sadistic? Would this type of killer be a married father who is abusive and controlling of his family? Is he someone that would stand out in a crowd or blend into the community? Would others find him awkward or creepy? Is he going to be charismatic and charming? Is he someone who likely lives in the area or a drifter? Suspect profiles are made for a reason…they lead investigators to narrow their search based on specific characteristics expected of the suspect. This is useful information to the public as well.
Many believe the suspect is local and still lives in the area. If so, then why hasn’t he been identified? Why didn’t someone see his clothing and report that ‘so and so’ is the guy? If he’s local then someone is his family, someone went to school with him, someone works with him, someone sees this guy every day in the community. If there is in fact a solid case then a local would have already been arrested.
It’s much more plausible that the suspect was either in the area temporarily or just passing through. Witnesses saw the suspect that day. They know what he looks like. Witnesses have not identified any known suspects as being the guy they saw that day. The witnesses had never seen the man before that day. Everything points to a drifter on foot or someone who had reason to walk a great distance, carrying a duffle bag and at some point may have had an opportunity to hide evidence along a local interstate.
Why won’t investigators inform the public that they are looking for someone with the characteristics of a drifter? Wouldn’t it be beneficial for the public in general to be focused on someone who walked in and out of the area vs someone living within their community? If they had publicly stated that the suspect is a transient/drifter he would have been arrested already!
When will investigators release additional information that may lead to the arrest of Abby and Libby’s killer? Will they wait until tips run dry and the case is cold? Until the family members have all passed on, never seeing justice served? Until no one remembers the case? Until the suspect himself has died, never being held accountable for this heinous crime? Or, until another young girl has been brutally murdered?
Demand additional information. Demand justice for Abby and Libby. Demand answers.
Tip Line: (844) 459-5786
Indiana State Police: (800) 382-7537
Carroll County Sheriff: (765) 564-2413