Cold Case #3, The Delphi Murders

*this case has not gone cold yet*

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January 28, 2021
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On February 14, 2017, near a trail in Indiana, the bodies of two young girls, Abigail Williams and Liberty German were found. 

The girls lived in the small town of Delphi, in northern Indiana, where only about 3000 residents lived, including 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German. On February 12th, 2017, Abigail had spent the night at her friend’s house. When they woke in the morning, they had planned out that they would go for a hike that day at Monon High Bridge, a historic trail known to that town. At about 1:00 in the afternoon, an older sister to Liberty had dropped them off and planned for her father to pick them back up. 

When the girls hiked to the old railroad bridge they were heading to and got to the end of the bridge, they took a picture at 2:07 pm and posted it. When her father went to pick them up, they were not there. They were reported missing at 5:30 p.m. after they failed to meet at 3:15 p.m. The families searched for the girls themselves first before calling the police. Around noon the next day, the girls’ bodies were found about 50 feet from the bridge.

On the girls’ phone, the picture was found with a blurry man in the background that no one was able to identify. 

Robert Ives was the prosecuting attorney in Carroll County, IN. His perspective of the crime scene, and understanding of what happened, casts some new light on the murders. In the podcast “Down the Hill’‘, Ives said that the crime scene was odd and different from what he’s seen before. Since Police couldn’t release much about the murders he was able to say a little bit of what he thinks happened. He said that the murder was more than likely committed by someone local and that if the killer commits another crime he will probably be caught because of how odd this case is. He also said there were a couple of “signatures” that are not popular to see when investigating a crime scene and could pop up again.

Since 2017, about 42,000 tips were called in for the murder of the girls and none of them led to anything. The case has not gone cold yet.

 

If you would like to know more about his case or understand it in further detail feel free to check out the links i have below!

https://abcnews.go.com/US/epitome-evil-delphi-double-murder-mystery-years/story?id=68297146

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2020/02/12/delphi-murders-libby-german-abigail-williams-cold-case/4715068002/

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/down-the-hill-the-delphi-murders/id1494167201

https://www.wrtv.com/news/delphi/delphi-murders-over-42-000-tips-received-since-libby-abbys-death