LAFAYETTE, IN– Indiana State Police on Monday released a sketch of who they believe to be the killer of two young girls found murdered in a wooded area last February.
Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were found slain on Feb. 14, one day after the pair were reported missing in Delphi, Indiana, located approximately 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
Shortly after the girls’ bodies were discovered, police officials released a grainy photo of a man walking on a nearby bridge snapped at around the time of the pair’s disappearance. Police also released a recording of a man seemingly matching the description of the individual in the photo saying “down the hill” which they say was obtained from German’s cellphone. The photo released Monday by authorities is the first depicting the man’s face.
The suspect, described by police as a white male standing between 5-feet-6 and to 5-feet-10 weighing 180 to 220 pounds, and having reddish brown hair and goatee, has eluded capture despite law enforcement’s best efforts.
During a press conference held as the composite sketch was released, Sgt. Kim Riley told reporters that investigators had been working on the drawing “for a while” and that they were releasing it now because “it needed to come out.”
“We’re going to get to the bottom of this sooner or later,” Riley said. “If the composite helps us get there sooner, that’s what we’re hoping for.”
Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said the comoposite was drawn by an FBI sketch artist based on “recent information” from a witness who claims to have seen the suspect at the time of German and Williams’ deaths.
“This case is not dried up. It’s not a cold case,” Riley adding, noting that authorities receive anywhere from “5 to 10 tips” every day.
Residents of the tight knit town say they hope the newly released sketch brings closure to the case.
“It’s obviously on everyone’s mind. Life has changed in that regard … You can’t drive through here without talking about it,” Mark Northam told the Journal and Courier (http://www.jconline.com/story/news/crime/2017/07/17/new-details-released-delphi-double-homicide-investigation/483717001/). “I think it’s nice to have more information if it is an accurate sketch. It seems like the opportunity to resolve this is sort of fading.”
Siera Farr, a Delphi resident for three years, said the tragedy has left the community gripped with fear.
“A part of me is scared with being out,” Farr said, “but I have to face that fear.”
“Someone here knows something,” she added, “and I just wish they would speak up.”