Libby German's sister studying at Purdue so tragedy doesn't happen to another family

Kelsi German has a closer eye on her sister's case now more than ever. She is studying forensic psychology just 30 miles away from Delphi.

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 10:31 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — About 30 miles from her hometown, Kelsi German sits in a classroom on Purdue University's campus, just like any other college student. People recognize her; some from the small town of Delphi, others just know her story.

It's been three tough years for Kelsi. She's had to start adulthood, graduate high school and start college with unsolved tragedy looming over her family's head. 


A new sketch, video and more audio of who police believe is the suspect in the Delphi double homicide was released on April 22, 2019. Provided by Indiana State Police

The morning of Feb. 13, 2017 was a different kind of Monday for Kelsi. She, her sister Libby, and their friend Abby all had the day off school.

"Libby and Abby had been hanging out the night before and enjoying their girl time together, and I was getting up and getting ready for work," said Kelsi, recalling that morning. "That's when Abby and Libby decided they needed something fun to do. So, my grandma put them on chores until she was done working. That's when they asked me to go to the High Bridge."

Kelsi dropped the girls off to walk the Delphi Historic Trails about 1 o'clock that afternoon. They were found dead the next day, brutally killed.

"I run through that day every day, trying to find out if there is something I could have done differently," Kelsi said.

In several ways, Kelsi has begun dedicating her life to finding the man who killed the girls. She always wanted to be a photojournalist. However, her sister's killing changed that goal for her. The sophomore recently transferred from Ball State to Purdue to study forensic psychology.

"When I started going to CrimeCon, I found my little niche," said Kelsi. 

At the conventions, she began meeting people who were going through the same situation she was. Kelsi started using her Twitter account @libertyg_sister to find justice for the girls and she hopes her passion evolves into a career path.

"My goal is to work for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to work with people that are like me," said German.

Her sister's case is in the hands of Indiana State Police, but she knows she can still be a voice to find the person responsible.

"I've listened to that audio clip about a million times. I think the voice is just so familiar to all of us," said Kesli. "After we heard that he was local, it became more of an idea that I might have talked to him. Maybe I met him at Dairy Queen or the gas station."

Even though the man has been on the run three years, she's trusting investigators.

"After I started my forensics classes, I understood more of why we don't have all the answers," said Kelsi. "Everybody sees a person differently. If I were to tell you the person I was sitting next to on the bus on the way here, I would probably would tell you their nose was small and their eyes were blue. But, I couldn't tell you much more than that. I think the best bet is to keep watching the video and listening to the audio."

She's thankful for the community's constant thoughts and prayers. Kelsi says that is what helps her through it all. 

"But I think the support system I'm creating right now has helped me through it so much that I'm no longer in the spot I was three years ago."

She's able to talk about the killings more now, and Kelsi hopes the man responsible is listening.

"I don't want this person to do this again, and if he has, I hope that I'm able to help that family and be a part of their lives eventually," Kelsi said. "Catching this guy is my main goal in life right now."

Call 844-459-5786 or email abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com with any information.

For our complete coverage of the Delphi Homicides from the past three years, click here.

Related: ISP release video, additional audio and a new sketch of the subject

Wednesday on News 18 This Morning, the place where the girls were last seen remains gated off. There are major plans for the future of the Monon High Bridge. Catch the story at 5 and 6:40 a.m.

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