Even though more than two months have gone by since two Delphi, Indiana, teenagers were found murdered in a remote wooded area known for its hiking trails, the girls’ grandparents believe their killer will be apprehended.
Currently, the man who took the lives of Liberty “Libby” German, 14, and Abigail “Abby” Williams, 13, still walks free, however, law enforcement continues to fervently investigate the case and analyze data and evidence related to the horrific crime.
According to WDRB, Libby’s grandparents, Mike and Becky Patty, have spoken out, saying they have faith that authorities will apprehend whoever murdered the girls.
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Mike told WTHR during a recent interview, “Somebody out there knows this person.”
Becky also talked to WTHR about the girls’ murders and how she and her husband are trying to cope, saying the following.
“It would be easier to heal if we had answers, but we have to heal. We have to go on because there is the possibility of not ever knowing, don’t like to think of that, I don’t.”
Mike added the following.
“There’s a killer walking our streets. It’s our streets or somebody else’s around the state or around the nation. He’s walking around or they are walking around and they need to be brought to justice.”
Although Mike noted that the “investigators are taking their time” with the case, he also realizes that when someone is arrested for the murders he wants to be sure the case is “iron-clad” so there are “no holes,” according to WTHR.
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Libby’s grandparents also told WTHR that they “envision a plaque or a memorial at the entrance” of a local softball field and park so little girls who play at the park in the future remember Libby and Abby when they enter to participate in softball and other activities.
Currently, a reward for information that would lead to the capture of the girls’ killer or killers is at $234,000.
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Authorities believe that just before the girls were murdered, Libby captured two photos of a man thought to be their killer and posted the images to social media. Libby also captured video footage of a male walking near High Bridge. He appears to have his head lowered and his hands in his pocket.
According to the Indianapolis Star, initially the man was considered a person of interest, but police have now confirmed he at least took part in the murders of Libby and Abby.
Libby also used her cell phone to capture what is believed to be audio of the killer’s voice saying “down the hill,” which police have released to the public in the hope that someone will recognize the voice and identify the man.
The Indianapolis Star reports that authorities have additional footage from Libby’s cell phone, however, it will not be released to the public while the investigation is active.
The man is believed to have been wearing a blue coat or jacket with a hoodie, as well as blue jeans around the same time that Liberty and Abigail were dropped off in the area.
According to Fox 59, Libby and Abby were dropped off near Monon High Bridge at about 1 p.m. on February 13 by a family member. After the girls did not show up at a certain location to be picked up by a family member at 5:30 p.m., they were reported missing. A search for Libby and Abby commenced that night, but ended when it became too dark.
The bodies of Libby and Abby were discovered near Delphi, a suburb of Indianapolis, on Tuesday, February 14, not far from an abandoned railroad bridge. The location is part of a trail system that the two young teens had planned to take a hike on their free day off of school.
On the evening of Wednesday, February 15, police released images of the man, who by Saturday they began calling a suspect in the case.
Anyone with information regarding the man in the photo or the murders of Liberty “Libby” German and Abigail “Abby” Williams is urged to call the Delphi Murder Tip Line at 844-459-5786. Those who wish to offer information can remain anonymous if they so desire.
[Featured Image by the FBI]