(Updates on a regular basis to this story can be found at the bottom of this article)
As I was preparing to launch my Blog, shooting for a mid-February launch, a senseless double murder of two teenage Girls grabbed national headlines and it would only be fitting for me to write this article about their case. My hope is that by the time you read this, that those responsible for their deaths, are identified. My fear is that by the time that you read this, that they won’t be.
Delphi, Indiana is a small rural town about 75 miles North of Indianapolis. The town is surrounded by secluded, scenic nature trails known as the Delphi Historic Trails, that feature miles of train tracks. The population of Delphi consists of approximately 3,000 People, and one of them is quite possibly a murderer.
On Monday February 13,2017 at about 1pm, a Family Member dropped off 14 year-old Liberty German and 13 year old, Abigail Williams near the trails so that the two teenage Friends could spend the day together hiking the trails. At 5:30 PM, they were supposed to meet up with a Family Member at a pre-determined location to be picked up. They never showed. When the two Friends did not show up, Family immediately reported them missing, and a large search party was created to search the Historic Trail area where they had been walking, but the search had to be suspended due to darkness, and resumed the next morning.
On Tuesday, February 14,2017 the search resumed that included K9 units and Dive teams. The search went on thru the day until around Noon when searchers discovered two bodies. The Bodies, although not confirmed to be Liberty and Abigail officially, obviously were. Police would not release much in the way of details, but stated that foul play was suspected.
Due to the rural and secluded location where the Girl’s Bodies had been found, this had all the makings of a case that may go cold quickly due to a lack of witnesses, but the Police released a photo of a ‘Person of interest’ on Wednesday February 15, 2017. The grainy photo, which is possibly from the frame of a video, appears to show a man with a blue jacket and jeans walking alone the railroad tracks. It’s unclear what camera source the photos came from. Police stated that they wanted to talk to the man to see if he could help their investigation and asked the public to help identify him. It is not known if the man was identified, however, the Police executed a case related search warrant at a home in Delphi on Thursday February 16,2017. No arrests have been made as of the posting of this article.
This is a sad case. Two young Girls spending the day together having fun doing something they enjoyed and not getting into trouble. This shouldn’t have happened. There have been plenty of theories and discussions about the case so far via social media and on various amateur sleuthing websites like Websleuths.com
So far, there have been lots of questions and few answers. As of the time this article is being published, Police have not identified a Person of Interest, nor have they released autopsy results. In fact, they haven’t even officially called the deaths of the two Girls murders. Some clues are out there to be found, including the social Media, ‘Snapchat’ that the Girls were using around the time of their deaths. The following photo was posted to Liberty’s Snapchat account on the afternoon they went missing. The haunting photo shows Abigail walking on railroad track bridge that was part of the trail area. While it’s assumed that her Friend Liberty took the photo, it’s not certain.
The Snapchat photo of Abigail taken at 2:07 PM the day that they vanished, is the last known documentation of their movements. Their Bodies were found less than a mile from this Bridge. I hope that there are answers soon in this case, and that it doesn’t go cold. Police certainly are being tight lipped about what they do or do not have so far in this case. It remains to be seen if this case will be solved and if so, was the Killer a Stranger to the Girls, or more disturbing, possibly Somebody close to them. I will update this article as Details emerge.
UPDATE TODAY, 2/22/17: Police held a news conference, and this is officially a Double homicide investigation! And Liberty is being called a Hero by Police for turning on her camera/audio and recording the Suspect saying what sounds to be “down the hill”. More updates to come.
UPDATE TODAY, 2/22/17: This Monster has also made the FBI’s Most Wanted List!
UPDATE TODAY 2/22/17: Police confirmed that Audio recording & photo of the Suspect were taken by Liberty German
UPDATE TODAY 2/22/17: Police Press Conference on the case
UPDATE TODAY 2/24/17 Police confirm that they have DNA evidence that they have fast tracked for testing and hope the DNA profile develop is a match for a DNA profile in the National Database
UPDATE TODAY 2/28/17 The website RADARONLINE.COM is reporting that investigators may be zeroing in on their Suspect and that a warrant to search a second home has been obtained
UPDATE TODAY 3/2/17 There is a Facebook group, 16,000+ strong talking about this case,how amazing is that?
UPDATE TODAY 3/9/17 Liberty’s grandfather, Mike Patty, had a brief press conference discussing the case, and thanking people for help in this case
UPDATE TODAY 3/10/17 The Facebook group I mentioned above has grown to almost 20,000 strong proving just how many people have been touched by this case.
UPDATE TODAY 3/10/17 There still seems to be discussion of the possible link to the unsolved Iowa murders of Lyric Cook & Elizabeth Collins but there is nothing officially linking the two cases
UPDATE TODAY 3/14/17 Another Facebook group with thousands of members is seeking justice for Abby & Libby
UPDATE TODAY 3/17/17 Police served a search warrant today on the owner of the property where Abby’s and Libby’s bodies were found. Police searched the home and vehicle of Ron Logan. He was arrested recently on a probation violation unrelated to the murders. Police are not publicly calling Logan a suspect. Updates will follow as they come
UPDATE TODAY 3/20/17 Ron Logan was released from jail today after police searched his home and property. Apparently, there’s nothing linking him to the double murder case.
UPDATE TODAY 3/29/17 This week, Abigail’s mother, Anna Williams, broke her silence and discussed the case publicly. Also, investigators announced that they are scaling down the investigation team and that leads and tips are dwindling down. Sadly, this is the first sign that the case is going cold. Stay tuned for more updates
UPDATE TODAY 4/2/17. I have added some Youtube videos posted by Randy Gravitt showing the layout of the area, the bridges, trails, property lines in question, etc This will give you a better understanding of what the girls, and killer(s) would have seen in that area.
Update 7/18/17 Authorities have released a sketch of the perpetrator