2019-02-06 / Front Page

Prosecutor to hold double homicide press conference

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

Carroll County Prosecutor Nick McLeland announced Monday he will hold a press conference Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the courthouse as a reminder of the double homicide which took the lives of two Delphi Community Middle School students two years ago. The event will be held in the space formerly occupied by the Carroll County Historical Museum on the ground level of the county courthouse. It is open to the public.

The two youth, Liberty German and Abigail Williams, visited the Monon High Bridge, an abandoned rail bridge over Deer Creek in Carroll County, to walk, Feb. 13, 2017, at approximately 1 p.m. They were to be picked up later in the afternoon, but were not at the previously arranged place and time.

At approximately 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2017, the bodies of the two girls were found in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, approximately one-half mile upstream from the bridge. Law enforcement officers distributed a photograph Feb. 15 of a person observed on the Delphi Historic Trail. The photograph appears to depict a white male, wearing blue jeans, a blue coat or jacket and a hoodie.

Law enforcement is dedicated to solving the double homicide. During the course of the investigation, preliminary evidence led investigators to believe the person in the photograph is a suspect in the investigation. Investigators released a voice recording extracted from a video found on Liberty German’s cell phone which may be connected to the double homicide.

The ongoing investigation into the homicide continues with vigor, according to Carroll County Detective Tony Liggett. Liggett said there are several investigators who work at the Command Center on the second floor of the Delphi City Building every week and also work the case while not in Delphi. According to Liggett, there is a process for receiving tips and investigating them. He said all tips sent via email are retrieved by the sheriff’s department. Every tip received, either from the tip line or by email, is then entered into a program provided by the FBI and then reviewed by investigators. Action on each tip is based on the information reported.

Liggett said every tip is considered valuable and each one receives appropriate attention.

The FBI Tip Line number is (844) 459-5786. Anonymous calls are accepted.

Emails can be sent to Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com. Contact the Indiana State Police at (800) 382-7537. Contact the Carroll County Sheriff at (765) 564-2413 or Visit www.in.gov/isp/delphi. htm for additional information and to listen to the voice recording released from the scene.

In honor of Libby German and Abby Williams, the family of Libby German has established the “Libby and Abby Softball Park Fund” through the Carroll County Community Foundation (http://www.cfcarroll.org/funds_ Carroll.ht ml). The park is under construction at the intersection of SR218 and SR25. Those wishing to make tax deductible donations for the park are encouraged to make online contributions under “Giving” through “give now;” in the comment section, designate the Libby and Abby Softball Park Fund. Checks can be mailed to Carroll County Community Foundation, c/o Libby and Abby Softball Park Fund, P.O. Box 538, Delphi, Indiana, 46923. In the memo section, designate the Libby and Abby Softball Park Fund.

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