2018-02-14 / Front Page

The best of humanity in the worst of times

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer


Standing where Libby and Abby walked one year ago… Law enforcement officials from the Indiana State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Dept. spoke where the Monon High Bridge Trail begins about the ongoing investigation into the double homicide which happened near the trail one year ago. Pictured, from left to right, are ISP Superintendent Doug Carter, Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby, Det. Kevin Hammond and ISP Sgt. Kim Riley. Comet photo by Debbie Lowe Standing where Libby and Abby walked one year ago… Law enforcement officials from the Indiana State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Dept. spoke where the Monon High Bridge Trail begins about the ongoing investigation into the double homicide which happened near the trail one year ago. Pictured, from left to right, are ISP Superintendent Doug Carter, Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby, Det. Kevin Hammond and ISP Sgt. Kim Riley. Comet photo by Debbie Lowe Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby and Detective Kevin Hammond took part in a press conference called by the Indiana State Police (ISP) late Tuesday afternoon to discuss the ongoing investigation of the one-year anniversary of the double homicide last February. Local law enforcement joined ISP Superintendent Doug Carter, ISP Sgt. Kim Riley and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents at the area where the Monon High Bridge begins, to discuss the status of the investigation into the double-homicides of Liberty German and Abigail Williams.

“We are standing where Abby and Libby walked,” Carter said.

He said this has been a year without an arrest, however, he maintained the killer or killers of Liberty German and Abigail Williams will be caught.

“We cannot allow evil to prevail,” Superintendent Carter told the crowd of mostly news reporters and camera staff. “Every resource the ISP has will be given to this sheriff.”

He said he is “forever humbled” by the dedication of Leazenby’s department and other local law enforcement officials who work daily to solve the case.

“This is the very best of humanity in the worst of times,” the Superintendent stated.

Carter said there have been approximately 30,000 tips called in about the murders.

“We are one piece of the puzzle away from solving this case,” he said.

“Your day is coming,” Carter told the perpetrator of the crimes. “Somebody out there knows who this person is.”

“It’s my hope the killer is watching,” the Superintendent added.

Carter said the person who knows or suspects who murdered the two girls may not feel they can tell anyone in law enforcement because they would then be in danger.

“Whoever tells will be protected,” Carter assured the public. “Just one person can know who did this. It could be their father, their cousin or their neighbor.”

Det. Hammond agreed with Carter that what they have not done in the investigation haunts them daily.

“I think about this every night when I go to bed,” Hammond said. “The local support has been great. But things have changed for us all. I am more vigilant with my own children since this happened.”

Carter said there are still search warrants being served. He said until someone is arrested for the crime “everyone is a person of interest.” The Superintendent stated investigators will not release any more video than has been released. He said the scientific facts of the case are being held in strict confidence.

The telephone number for the homicide tip line is (844) 459- 5786. Tips can also be sent via email to abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com. All tips can be made anonymously.

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