Indiana State Police have released new audio, video and a sketch of the suspect in thefound dead after going out for a hike. The development was announced Monday during a police press conference to announce a “new direction” in the long-unsolved case.
The bodies of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams were found in February 2017 on a hiking trail near Delphi, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
The new composite sketch of the suspect released on Monday depicts a man younger than the person depicted in a previously released composite sketch, which police said is now considered “secondary.” Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter said investigators now believe the killer is between the ages of 18-40, but may appear younger than his age. Investigators also believe the killer is either a current or former resident of Delphi, or frequently visits or works there, Carter said.
The brief video which shows a man walking on an abandoned railroad bridge was played at the press conference Monday and was expected to be released publicly later. It was recorded on German’s cellphone. An audio clip was also played of a man saying “down the hill.” The new video and audio was in addition to an image and audio previously released, in which a man was also heard saying “down the hill.” The man heard in both audio recordings is believed to be the same person, Carter said.
Carter also said police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that was abandoned off the Hoosier Heartland Highway in Delphi from noon to 5 p.m. on the day of the murders.
Carter pledged to find the person responsible for the killings, calling him a “coward.” Carter spoke directly to the killer, saying he is likely “hiding in plain sight” and might be “in this room.”
“We know this is about power to you and you want to know what we know, and one day, you will,” Carter said.
Carter said investigators have likely either interviewed the killer or someone close to him.
“What will those closest to you think of when they find out you brutally murdered two little girls?” Carter asked.
To the victim’s family, Carter said, “When I take my last breath on this earth, I’ll be thinking of them.”
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