DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) - It's been two years since the murder of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German. Indiana State Police held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to update the public on the investigation into their deaths.
Liberty’s grandfather Mike Patty attended the press conference.
“I was supposed to be teaching her how to drive right now,” he said. Liberty would have been 16 this year. “There are so many things that I won’t get to do for her now.”
Carroll County Prosecutor Nick McLeland said he is very confident they will catch the person responsible. However he did not share any specifics about the case.
“We want people to know that this is not a cold case,” he said. “This case is not closed. We are not done with this investigation. There are countless people working on this everyday.”
McLeland said investigators are dedicating their lives to find justice for Abby and Libby and their families.
"One minute she's my granddaughter and then next she's a case," said Diane Erskin, who is Abby’s grandmother. She reminisced on the time the photo of Abby in her sun hat was taken. She said that it was taken at a bridal shower that was Kentucky Derby themed, where they decorated their own hats in preparation. She said that is one of her favorite memories with her granddaughter.
Memories she won’t get to continue to make.
"The goal is the same thing for all of us,” said McLeland. “To bring the person responsible to justice."
He said they have received more than 38,000 tips since Abby and Libby's death. He added that they still receive a dozen or so tips a day two years later. He said they are anticipating and prepared to receive more tips after this anniversary.
"Information is our main weapon here,” he said. “Any bit of info that some has should call in and give us. That could be the missing thing we need to solve this thing."
Specific details such as physical description, last known location, and the person's connection to Delphi are important. However, both McLeland and Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter warned people to avoid making their own conclusions on social media, saying that that can hinder their current investigation.
Carter said they have strong support from the FBI.
"The resources the FBI has brought to Delphi have been extraordinary,” he said. “And the technology and the pieces and parts in maintaining this huge case we've had for two years."
FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Danny Youmara did not give specific details about what kind of resources and technology they are providing.
McLeland is positive they will have someone behind bars. April Tinsley’s recently solved murder case was brought up at the press conference. It took 30 years for investigators to find her killer. McLeland and Superintendent Carter both said with technology on their side, the don't think it will take that long to catch Abby and Libby's murderer.
"I'm confident we’re gonna solve this case,” said McLeland. “If he or she is listening in or whoever it is, that at some point I'll be sitting across from you in the courtroom."
“If you are watching, we are coming,” said Carter.
Erskin wants people to speak up if they know something.
"Have courage, have faith, and I pray that when I don't sleep, he doesn't sleep," she said.
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