James Chadwell II, 42, (in mug) is accused of luring a 9-year-old girl to his home on April 19 before attacking, strangling and sexually assaulting her. His own brother now claims he could be able to do that
A man being watched over the unsolved unsolved murders of two teenage girls in Delphi, Indiana, is “absolutely capable” of the heinous crimes, his own brother says.
Detectives confirmed last week that they are ‘investigating’ 42-year-old James Chadwell II in connection with the deaths of 13-year-old Abigail ‘Abby’ Williams and 14-year-old Liberty ‘Libby’ German in 2017.
The girls were reported missing on a hike along the Monon High Bridge Trail in Delphi on February 13 of that year, and their bodies were discovered in nearby forests the next day.
The case has baffled investigators and remains unsolved after four years, but investigators have stated that they are now investigating Chadwell after he was arrested last month for an unrelated crime in Indiana.
On April 19 of this year, Chadwell is accused of luring a 9-year-old girl to his home in Lafayette to pet his dogs. He then took her to his basement, where he attacked, strangled and sexually assaulted her before she was rescued by the police.
The attack took place just 20 miles from Williams and the Germans were found dead four years ago.
Now, in an exclusive interview with Inside Edition, Chadwell’s relatives say he could have possibly killed the teenage girls four years ago.
Police investigating the 2017 unsolved murders of Libby German (left) and Abby Williams (right) in Delphi, Indiana have confirmed that they are ‘investigating’ Chadwell.
Libby German posted this photo of Abby Williams on Snapchat walking across an abandoned railway bridge hours before disappearing
Brother Ashley Chadwell told the program on Tuesday, “Do I think he’s capable of that kind of crime? Absolutely, absolutely. ‘
Ashley Chadwell claims his brother even tried to drown him when he was a child.
“He has shown several times not only to his friends but also to his family that he has such an evil impact on him,” he said.
‘He’s a monster. He is an absolutely bad person. ‘
Chadwell has been in and out of prison since his teens.
Ashley Chadwell said his brother should be “locked up and never let go because he’s a monster.”
Meanwhile, Chadwell’s own stepfather also told Inside Edition that his stepson could be responsible for the double murders.
‘Is he capable? Probably. And you know, should they let him out on the street again? Never. This time, throw the key away, ”he said.
Chadwell’s own brother (left) and stepfather (right) say he could have killed Libby German and Abby Williams in 2017
Last week, local sheriff Tobe told Leazenby WRTV that investigators are “investigating” Chadwell to determine if he has any connection with the unsolved murders.
“The information has clearly been shared with us and our investigators are investigating it,” Leazenby said.
The murders of Libby German and Abby Williams made international headlines four years ago.
The two teenage girls were dropped off at the Delphi Historic Trails on February 13, 2017 for a walk.
They were reported missing when they failed to show up when a parent picked them up.
A search was launched to find the teens and the next day their bodies were discovered in a remote forest area off the main trail.
Their cause of death has never been disclosed by the authorities.
Investigators believe the girls were approached by an unknown man while hanging on a bridge along the route.
The case had long focused on a man who was captured with the camera on Libby’s phone walking along the abandoned railway bridge on the day they went missing.
Days after the murders, authorities released two grainy photos of the suspect on her phone.
The man was dressed in jeans and a blue jacket.
Investigators have also released an audio clip of her phone that they believe she recorded “ during possible criminal activity. ”
In it, the suspect hears to the girls: “Go down the hill.”
The man has never been identified.
The case had long focused on a man who was captured with the camera on Libby German’s phone walking along the abandoned railway bridge the day they went missing (photo above)
Libby (left) and Abby (right) were kidnapped and murdered in Delphi, Indiana. More than four years later, very little is known about their murder and no one has been arrested
Meanwhile, Chadwell remains in prison after being charged with last month’s alleged kidnapping.
According to court documents, the 42-year-old lured the girl to his home on the evening of April 19 to pet his dogs.
Once inside, the suspect would have hit her in the head several times and strangled her.
“Chadwell also strangled her with his hands on her neck and also used his arm in a headlock, to the point where she passed out,” prosecutors say.
When the girl came by, she said that most of her clothes were off and that Chadwell took her to the basement where he forced her to perform sexual acts, the documents say.
The girl told police that Chadwell had warned her he would kill her if she yelled or told anyone what had happened.
The girl was reported missing by her mother around 7 p.m. – about 30 minutes after she said she last saw her at their home near Sagamore Parkway.
When officers searched the neighborhood for the missing girl, Chadwell is said to have told them the girl had entered his home earlier but left, the documents say.
Police said they asked Chadwell to search his house and he said yes.
Officers found the girl within an hour of her disappearance “visibly distraught and crying, with her clothes on the floor next to her” in Chadwell’s basement, which was locked with a chain lock, the documents say.
The girl had suffered multiple injuries and was covered with bruises, strangulation marks and a dog bite on her leg.
Police said she told investigators she thought she was going to die.
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