Original Publish date: March 1, 2017
DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — A $200,000 reward and a newly-decorated headquarters are keeping the Delphi double homicide investigation moving forward. News 18 found out who's responsible for the most recent contributions.
"Jim Irsay and I are going to make up that $97,000 to make this a $200,000 dollar reward," former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee said in a video released Wednesday.
McAfee is pleading with the public in the video for people to come forward with information on the suspect or suspects in the deaths of 13-year-old Abby Williams and 14-year-old Libby German.
McAfee partnered with Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter to help spread the word on social media. He reiterates there has been more than 9,000 tips and 25 different agencies working the case. The video also includes the "down the hill" audio clip of a suspect wanted in the investigation.
Delphi resident Brad Heath said no amount of money should matter to a person with information on this case, but he is happy to see his favorite team is involved and hopes the large donation helps.
"This is not about sports, it's about people," Heath said. "And if they've got the means to do it, then I think that's the right thing to do. I just can't thank them enough."
The Colts weren't the only ones to step up to help on Wednesday. The Delphi High School graphics department along with other faculty, students and staff from the corporation designed and hung inspirational posters for law enforcement inside the investigation's headquarters.
Some posters display uplifting words such as "hope," while others read inspirational messages: "If you feel like quitting, think about why you started."
"I thought at first that the support might diminish," Delphi Police Chief Steve Mullin said. "But as we go, it has increased tremendously."
Mullin came up with the idea of the posters, along with the opportunity to write your own message to law enforcement. There are cork boards hanging in the headquarters' lobby so people can leave their own heartfelt messages.
Carroll County Chaplain Ed Selvidge says those words of encouragement are right up his alley.
"Steve's idea and his brain child was that if he could create an area where they could come in and as the officers come by they see the notes, and they might even read the notes and know that they are being prayed for and supported in our community," Selvidge said.
He said it's that kind of encouragement that can move mountains.
"The answer will come if they stay at the task, and they are at the task," Selvidge said.
Police are still looking for information in this case. If you would like to report anything, you are asked to call the Tip Line at 844-459-5786 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.