Indiana State Police have released photos of a man they are seeking to identify in connection to the deaths of two teen girls.
Abigail “Abby” Williams, 13, and Liberty “Libby” German, 14, were found dead Tuesday afternoon along Deer Creek, near their hometown of Delphi, a day after they were reported missing. The girls were hiking along the Delphi Historic Trails and the abandoned Monon High Bridge before they disappeared.
Their deaths are being investigated as a double homicide, Indiana State Police announced on Wednesday. An autopsy was completed, but the causes of their deaths have not yet been made public. Police have not said if the man in the photos is considered to be a suspect.
“We are asking help from the public to help identify him so he can be contacted regarding what he might have seen,” police said in a statement.
You can see the photos released by police below:
“We are asking for anyone to come forward with information or were in the area of the Delphi Historic Trails or Monon High Bridge that might have seen a person or persons, vehicles parked in the area or were taking pictures. Any information may be helpful to solving this case,” police said in a press release. “You can contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department or the Delphi Police Department at 765-564-2413, option #1, or the Indiana State Police at 765-567-2125.”
They added, “Also, if you were parked at High Bridge Trail Head on February 13, 2017 between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. we would like to talk to you.”
The girls, from Delphi, in Carroll County, were reported missing by their family on Monday. Hundreds of people, including police, firefighters, family, friends and residents of the surrounding community, searched for the girls into the night Monday and again Tuesday morning. The bodies were found about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.
“Right now, we are following up on hundreds of hundreds of leads that have come in,” State Police Sergeant Kim Riley said Wednesday. “There is nobody of interest at this point in time that we can say.”
The girls were dropped off by family members at trails near the “Monon High Bridge” just east of their hometown of Delphi about 1 p.m. Monday, WTTV-TV reports.
The girls were supposed to be picked up by family later that afternoon, but did not show up, police said. They were reported missing about 5:30 p.m.
A massive search of the area began, led by local and state police. A drone was used during the search and family members and friends of the girls assisted. A K-9 and dive team were also brought in to help find the girls.
On Tuesday, police announced they found two bodies in Delphi, along Deer Creek, about a half mile from the railroad bridge where the girls had last been seen.
The girls posted an eerie final photo on Snapchat before they disappeared, according to WRTV.
The photo, which you can see above, was posted about 2 p.m. It was taken by Liberty German and shows Abigail Williams walking along the railroad bridge. Liberty posted it to her Snapchat account.
“There is someone out there that did this crime and we’re going to track them down,” Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby told reporters. “Folks should continue with business as usual but be more mindful and watch your surroundings a little closer. We’re going to get to the bottom of this, we feel confident.”
Riley said parents should keep an eye on their children.
“I think people need to be cautious and careful,” Riley said. “Parents should make sure they know where their children are and what their children are doing, and if nothing else, know what’s going on in their lives. That’s the most important thing I can say at this point in time.”
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