Original Publish date: July 17, 2017
DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana State Police released new details Monday including a composite sketch of the man wanted in connection to the Delphi double homicide.
It's been more than five months since the bodies 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German were found Feb. 14 in a wooded area near the Monon High Bridge, which is a part of the Delphi Historic Trail system.
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office, FBI, Delphi Police Department and Indiana State Police need information on the man depicted in the composite sketch, such as his name or location.
Investigators believe he's a white male between 5 feet 6 inches tall to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 180-220 pounds, with reddish brown hair and an unknown eye color but definitely not blue.
ISP Sgt. Kim Riley said in a press conference Monday the hat in the sketch may not be accurate but to focus on the man's facial features. He said the case is far from cold and they are receiving five to 10 tips per day.
"We want to know who he is," Riley said during the news conference. "If we can get somebody to come forward with more information – if we can get a name or at least a location of this subject, that would be great."
Earlier this year, investigators released photographs and an audio clip captured from German's cellphone of a person dubbed as the "main suspect" in the investigation. The man's voice can be heard saying “down the hill.” Click here to listen to the audio. At the time, detectives were uncertain if the audio clip is that of the man in the pictures or if there were multiple people involved.
Riley said releasing new evidence helps build confidence in the case and for investigators. He had no comment on the future release of additional video or photo evidence coming from German's cellphone.
Riley said the sketch is based on information collected from all the agencies involved and up-close eye witness accounts of the wanted man. He added fear may have caused people to not come forward sooner.
"People are scared," Riley said. "They're scared to be recognized by the subject. It just takes a while for these things to happen."
If you have any information regarding the case, please call the Delphi Homicide Investigation Tip Line at 844-459-5786 or email tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information can be reported anonymously, but a reward of more than $230,000 is being offered leading to an arrest of the person or persons responsible.
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But Riley said he does not post tips on social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
"Because that person may not have anything to do with this case and here you do," said Riley. "You lost this person's picture, some of them have even posted names. And now, all of a sudden, everybody is looking at that saying, 'Oh my gosh, there's the killer. Why haven't they arrested him.'"
Riley said send any information pertaining to the case to the Tip Line at 844-459-5786 or email tips to email@example.com.
"If they have a concern or if they truly believe it is [a concern], turn it in," said Becky Patty. "Turn it in and let the police look at that [information]. Don't unintentionally ruin somebody's life."