- Indiana State Police said a press conference will be held on Monday to provide an update on the investigation into the 2017 murders of two teenage girls in Delphi.
- Abigail Williams, 13, and Liberty German, 14, were killed in February 2017 after going missing on a hiking trail near Delphi, Indiana.
- On Friday, local media reported that a suspect had been arrested, but authorities have yet to confirm it – noting that further information will not be released until Monday.
Police investigating the unsolved 2017 murders of two teenage girls in northern Indiana will provide an update at a Monday news conference, authorities said Friday.
The deaths of Abigail Williams, 13, and Liberty German, 14, in Delphi have remained unsolved for more than five years. In its announcement of Monday’s upcoming press conference, the Indiana State Police did not indicate or specify what new information will be released.
No one has yet been charged in the double murder case. But several local media reported that an arrest had been made.
Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Piers told USA TODAY on Saturday that he could not confirm an arrest. Police and the family said no further information will be released until Monday’s press conference.
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The conference will bring together officials from the Indiana State Police, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the Carroll County District Attorney’s Office and the US Marshals Service, according to a notice.
Here’s what you need to know:
Who are Abigail Williams and Liberty German?
Abigail and Liberty were two teenage girls killed in February 2017 just outside their hometown of Delphi, Indiana, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
When were they killed?
The two girls went missing on Monday, February 13, 2017, while walking on a hiking trail near the Monon High Bridge, just outside Delphi. There was no school that day and Abigail had spent the night before at Liberty’s.
On February 14, 2017, a search party found their bodies in a rugged area near the trail.
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Is there a suspect in the dead?
Over the years, authorities have released images, video, audio and sketches of a potential suspect or suspects in the case. The most recent sketch was posted in April 2019, which was considered more accurate than another shared in 2017.
Days after the murders, investigators released two grainy photos of a suspect walking across the bridge. Authorities also shared a short audio clip from Liberty’s cellphone, with a man believed to be the suspect saying “down hill.”
Several persons of interest have been identified by the media in the past, but authorities have yet to name a prime suspect. To date, details of the investigation remain limited, as police have not offered a story or stated how they believe Abigail and Liberty were killed.
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Fictitious online profile linked to the survey
In a December 2021 press release, Indiana State Police announced that they discovered a fictitious line named “anthony_shots” during their investigation into the deaths of Abigail and Liberty.
Police said the fictitious profile, which posed as a male model, was used to communicate with young girls – often to solicit nude photos, obtain personal information and meet in person. The “anthony_shots” profile was used from 2016 to 2017 on Snapchat, Instagram and other social media platforms, police said. Authorities asked anyone who interacted with the profile to contact them for more information.
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Has an arrest been made?
Local media reported that a man had been arrested and taken to Carroll County Jail on suspicion of murder in connection with the girls’ murder on Friday. But the authorities have not yet confirmed this.
USA TODAY also contacted the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Carroll County District Attorney’s Office on Saturday for more information.
Contributor: Associated Press. Ron Wilkins, The Lafayette Journal & Courier.