Charles Eldridge, 48, was arrested in January after a police operation. On Thursday he received five extra charges for child abuse
A man resembling a sketch of a suspect wanted for the murder of two Indiana teenage girls has received new charges of child abuse – just a few hours before the police investigating the murders, a & # 39; new direction & # 39; announced in their probe.
Charles Eldridge, 46 years old, received five new indictments against child abuse from prosecutors from Randolph County on Thursday after he said he had repeatedly sexually abused a child under the age of 14 last summer.
Eldridge has been detained on separate charges since January 8, after he was arrested in an unrelated stab operation where he reportedly met what he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex.
Upon his arrest, Eldridge reportedly admitted to officers that he had multiple sexual encounters with another child under the age of 13. It is clear that the new charges are related to that alleged confession.
Only 24 hours later, the Indiana State Police announced an important development in their investigation into the deaths of Libby German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, who went missing in Delphi on February 14, 2017.
Because the two girls were found dead, the authorities have consistently stated that they have no specific suspects and that the public is informed when that changes.
Although never identified as a suspect, Eldridge (left) was taken into custody just over 100 miles from where the murders took place. His mugshot was compared to a sketch (right) of the man suspected of killing two Indiana girls
The bodies of Abby Williams, 13, (left) and Libby German, 14, (right) were found in Delphi on February 14, 2017, one day after they were last seen
Although Eldridge was never formally named as a suspect in the murders, members of the public flooded the police after his arrest in January with phone calls saying the suspected child rapist resembled a fierce sketch released by the FBI two years ago.
An enthusiastic walker, after his arrest police said Eldridge confessed that he had multiple sexual encounters with a child under 14, police said
The photo report was compiled by investigators who used testimonies from witnesses who said they had seen a man in keeping with Eldridge's appearance and construction in the area where the two girls were killed.
At the time of his arrest, officers acknowledged to DailyMail.com that they had been notified of the similarity and & # 39; would investigate whether a link could exist & # 39; with the murders of Libby and Abigail.
Now, Indiana State Police superintendent Doug Carter says new developments in their two-year investigation into the search for the perpetrator will be announced in a press conference on Monday.
No further details about what the development could entail was offered by the police on Friday.
The bodies Libby and Abigail were found on the Delphi Historic Trail half a mile upstream of the abandoned Monon High Bridge in Indiana, on February 14, 2017 – 24 hours after being reported missing.
An autopsy was performed on the two girls, but the police never revealed their cause of death.
On February 13, Libby had posted a series of photos of her along the bridge to Snapchat.
The former security officer was arrested in Union City, Indiana, about 116 miles from where Libby and Abby were found dead almost two years ago. He shared this image with Facebook in November 2014
The girls were found on the Delphi Historic Trail half a mile upstream of the abandoned Monon High Bridge in Indiana February 14, 2017. It was a day after they were last seen
Also recovered from her phone was a sound recording of the voice of a man who ordered her and Abigail to go down the hill & # 39; shortly before her death. to go.
The police praised Libby's courage in the terrifying circumstances of trying to capture her attacker, and emphasized that the tape remained a crucial evidence in their investigation.
On his two Facebook pages, Eldridge obsessively – almost daily – shares stories about cases of missing children. The tirade of sharing began a few days after the two girls were found dead.
The police had released a sound recording of the voice of a man who & # 39; down the hill & # 39; said – which Libby had recorded on her telephone. Eldridge has been compared to the image
Eldridge even shared a number of messages regarding the murder of Libby and Abigail.
He placed public calls and a story about possible DNA evidence, as well as the sketch of the suspect – the public thinks he looks – with the slogan & # 39; Pass it around & # 39 ;. [He] Can be anywhere. & # 39;
Eldridge, an enthusiastic walker, also shared the recording of the suspect's voice, along with a photo of the alleged murder that ran along the same bridge that Libby was photographed on, the same day the girls disappeared.
In addition to the photo, the attacker is described as a white man between 5 & # 39; 6 "and 5 & # 39; 10", with a weight between 180lbs-220lbs, with reddish brown hair.
The former guard Eldridge was arrested in Union City on January 8, about 116 miles from where Libby and Abby were found dead more than two years ago.
& # 39; The Delphi multi-agency investigation team and participating agencies continue to receive media and public information about the person arrested in Union City, Randolph County Indiana on January 8, 2019 for allegations of sexually related crimes against children and if he is linked to the Delphi investigation, & # 39; said Indiana State police in a January statement acknowledging the many public comparisons between Eldridge and the sketch.
& # 39; The team is aware of this arrest and will investigate whether there may be a connection with the murders that took place in Delphi, Indiana on February 14, 2017.
& # 39; It is important for the public and the media to know that many similar tips and arrests of other people related to the Delphi killings occur at a certain frequency in and outside of Indiana.
The former security officer is an enthusiastic walker and an avid proponent of possession of weapons. He shared the above photo on Facebook on November 2, 2017 with the caption & # 39; Halloween pic … it was for the kids & # 39;
The 46-year-old shares link almost every day to the case of missing children on both Facebook pages
Eldridge of shared messages regarding the death of Libby and Abigail (left). He has also regularly placed disturbing and graphic images on his timeline, including images of bloody weapons (right)
The tirade to share cases of missing children seemed to start shortly after the girls were found dead, according to Eldridge & # 39; s Facebook
Capt. David R. Bursten of the Indiana State Police v DailyMail.com that the public would be notified as soon as a major development in the case occurred.
& # 39; When a arrest is made of a suspect identified by the multi-agency investigation team as the alleged perpetrator of the Delphi Murders, rest assured, we will let everyone know, & # 39; Bursten added.
Police say in the year after the murders that they received 11,000 individual tips from the public, the number of which now more than tripled.
All information that leads to the murderer's imprisonment carries a $ 200,000 reward.
Libby and Abby were eighth graders at the Delphi Community Middle School when they were killed.
Both girls played softball and got ready for spring practice before they died.
The murders shake Delphi, a small town of 2,877 people amidst fields in the heart of Hoosier, about an hour's drive from Indianapolis.
The Indiana State Police will hold a press conference on Monday at 12.00 to announce their new investigation question.