Delphi double homicide case gets nearly 1,000 tips since sketch release

News 18 talked to two Delphi grandparents who want justice for their granddaughter Libby German. More than five months ago, German and her friend, Abby Williams, were killed along a trail system near Delphi.

Posted: Feb 10, 2018 12:35 AM
Updated: Feb 12, 2018 10:31 AM

Original Publish date: July 18, 2017
DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — News 18 talked to two Delphi grandparents who want justice for their granddaughter Libby German. More than five months ago, German and her friend, Abby Williams, were killed along a trail system near Delphi.

As we reported Monday, Indiana State Police released new information in the Delphi double homicide case, including a composite sketch of the man investigators believe is the "main suspect."

But what does this mean for the families involved?

It brought an increase of hope to one of those families that both Delphi girls will receive justice.

"We have a killer walking our streets. That's a fact. Now we got a little more defined information, we're making this guy's world a little smaller," said Mike Patty, German's grandfather.

Mike Patty and his wife Becky say they are amazed by the clarity of the composite sketch.

"It was almost like a photograph and I thought, we're going to get him now," Becky Patty said.

State police released new information in the case on Monday, including a composite sketch and suspect description. The grandparents believe this person may be responsible for taking their granddaughter from them.

"It's just though, because we're going through life without her," said Mike Patty.

Becky Patty added, "When you take Libby's personality out of the equation of our family, it's a whole different math problem."

As of Tuesday afternoon following the release of the new information, ISP Sgt. Kim Riley said investigators have received nearly 1,000 tips.

"That's awesome. I think it's great," said Mike Patty. "I'm looking for that one and, hopefully, multiple of them. And they're leading to the same person."

Riley said the FBI sent in officers to help sort through the new information. Nearly 30 officers are working Tuesday on the investigation.

"We've always been optimistic that we're going to solve this case," Riley said. "This just kind of gives us a bit more information to work with, gets more tips [and] more people that we can look at, and hopefully we'll get the right person."

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 abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.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."

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