Original Publish date: Feb 22, 2017
DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — Investigators in Carroll County provide new information on the Delphi double homicide case, including releasing an audio clip of a suspect's voice.
As News 18 previously reported, law enforcement held a news conference Wednesday to provide new details on the ongoing double homicide investigation of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German.
Indiana State Police said it was German's cellphone that captured video and audio from the trail on Feb. 13, the day the girls went missing. State police confirmed the photo released of the man in the blue jacket also came from German's phone. Authorities called German a hero to have the wherewithal to turn on her phone and record the suspect.
State police said the totality of evidence gathered points to the man photographed. They believe he was connected to the girls' deaths.
Investigators released audio of a suspect saying "down the hill." Click here to listen to the audio. They aren't sure if the audio clip is that of the man in the picture or if there were multiple people involved.
A reward of more than $40,000 is also being offered on information leading to the arrest of a suspect. The reward money is a combined effort of the FBI and local businesses.
Investigators said there is no indication of a serial murder because there are no ties to known homicides. They believe it was a chance encounter or the possibility the suspect knew the girls were there.
Greg Massa, FBI assistant special agent in charge, spoke about changes in behavior or appearance of people we know. He said did someone cancel plans with you on Monday or travel unexpectedly last week? Has someone close to you changed their appearance drastically over the last week – haircut, shave, dressing differently? Or does someone seem anxious or follow the case on the news obsessively?
Massa said these are questions people should be asking themselves and provide any information to police as soon as possible.
Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said do not rationalize away possible tips.
"Somebody knows him, just like you know somebody, you see. So even though it's just a little bit, three words, I think with repetitiveness and continuing to hear it, someone is going to say, 'Oh, my gosh," Carter said in reference to the audio clip released Wednesday.
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.