The heartbroken mother of one of the two teenage girls who was murdered on a hiking trail in Indiana almost three years ago, speaks out and says she will not rest until the murderer is found.
Liberty German (14) and Abigail Williams (13) disappeared on February 13, 2017 after a family member dropped them off for a walk near the Monon High Bridge – an abandoned railroad bridge near their home town of Delphi. Their bodies were found the next day in a wooden area 800 meters away.
The last thing Liberty, also known as Libby, shared on social media before she died were two photos on Snapchat of the railway bridge over Deer Creek and a video of a man approaching them.
Despite the fact that the police had released a sketch and sound from the suspect, he was never found.
& # 39; If he is found, I sleep a little better, knowing he can't hurt anyone else, but it won't bring my child back & # 39 ;, Abby & # 39; s mother Anna Williams said The sun.
Liberty German, 14, (right) and Abigail Williams, 13, (left) disappeared on February 13, 2017 when they went for a day off from school near Delphi, Indiana. Their bodies were found the next day
Abigail & # 39; s mother Anna Williams says she still wants justice for her daughter's death and adds: & # 39; If he is found, I sleep a little better knowing he can't hurt anyone else, but it brings my child did not return & # 39 ;. Abigail and mother Anna together above
A video of a man walking over the abandoned train tracks was found on Liberty's Snapchat and is the prime suspect in the case. However, that man was never found
& # 39; He can rot in jail or they can give him the death penalty and put a needle in his arm … It will just put a piece of the puzzle in place. But Abby remains the piece that is missing, & she added.
The day of their disappearance, the girls decided to go for a walk along the Delphi Historic Trails in Carroll County and were dropped off around 1:30 PM by Libby's sister Kelsi. Libby & # 39; s father Derrick was planning to pick up the girls at 3.15 p.m.
The girls were familiar with the area and the trail was mainly visited by the locals.
The last message the girls shared on their phone was Libby's Snapchat photo at 2:07 PM.
One of her latest messages was a video of the man who was seen wearing jeans, a blue jacket and a hat. In the clip, he holds his head down and says & # 39; Guys, down the hill & # 39; with authority.
When the girls couldn't meet Libby's father at the agreed time, her family started calling friends around 4 p.m. to find them.
Around 5.30 pm, the family contacted the Sheriff Department of Carroll County to report the missing girls.
Last Post: Authorities found posts (above) on Liberty & # 39; s Snapchat of itself walking across abandoned tracks along the Monon High Bridge Trail, visited by locals
Anna Williams depicted with daughter Abigail. She says that the first year after Abby & # 39; s death a & # 39; fading & # 39; and added: & # 39; I am still struggling to go to many family functions because there are new couples and new babies & # 39; s & # 39;
Anna received the call and warned her that her daughter was missing while she was working in a bar. But she didn't worry at first and said the girls were responsible teenagers.
& # 39; I didn't get too panic at first because I thought they were in the park and had lost track of time, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; We called friends, knocked on houses and posted on Facebook to see if anyone knew where they were. I walked through the sheriff's office and thought, "She's so grounded." At that moment I was sure they were lost. They were good kids – they didn't leave without telling anyone, & she said.
But as the night progressed, Anna & # 39; s anger began to worry.
& # 39; As the night progressed, my biggest concern was that they would get lost or injured. Neither were great with directions. They had not eaten, they were both in thin clothing and not prepared for the drop in temperature that night, & she said.
& # 39; I went back to the house and picked up Abby's jacket because she would need it when we found her, & # 39; she added.
The search led to dead ends, because nobody saw the girls on their walk.
The man in the Snapchat video was named in the main suspect in the case and became the & # 39; Bridge Guy & # 39; mentioned. The police released a preliminary sketch in July 2017 (left) of a middle-aged man, followed by another in April 2019 of a younger suspect (right)
& # 39; Everyone got more upset, but we still had no proof that someone else was involved. Nobody saw them talking to anyone. No one saw a vehicle in the area, & Anna recalled.
& # 39; I went out on a search and they used flashlights to look into the river that ran under the bridge. I said to them: "We are not looking for bodies, we are looking for two grounded little girls."
Authorities said that Paul Etter, 55, who committed suicide during a June police impasse, may be a suspect in the deaths of Libby German and Abigail Williams in 2017
The following afternoon their two bodies were found in a wooden area behind a rural house.
& # 39; I was in the fire station talking to someone on the phone. It was around noon and our old pastor came to me … Before he said it, I knew what he was going to say. He told me that the girls were found and that they were not alive. I don't remember much the next day. My life just fell apart, & she said.
Anna says & # 39; the first year was blurry & # 39; and she is still struggling with the death of her daughter and the unanswered questions in her disappearance.
& # 39; Last year we were on the second round of birthdays since they died and nothing had changed. I still have trouble going to many family functions because there are new couples and new babies & # 39; s, she said.
Anna is now on the board of the charity Abby and Libby Memorial Park, who wants to build a park and a sports center in the girls' memory.
A map with the research into the disappearance of the girls and the recovery of the body
The man in the Snapchat video was named in the main suspect in the case and became the & # 39; Bridge Guy & # 39; mentioned. In July 2017, the police released a preliminary sketch of a middle-aged man.
In April 2019, officials released a new sketch of another suspect, noticeably younger, and said they were looking for the driver of a car parked in the city office on the day the girls disappeared.
In July, the police announced that they would consider the recently deceased man, Paul Etter, 55, as a possible suspect. He shot and committed suicide after a five-hour stalemate with the police who tried to arrest him for a kidnapping and rape of a 26-year-old woman.
After two and a half years, the police have exhausted 30,000 leads, but no arrests have been made. The police once released details about how the girls were being held.
But Anna still hopes the police can crack the case.
She quoted a speech from Indiana State Police superintendent Doug Carter who shared in April, in which he sent a message to the murderer, claiming he would know their identity, and said: "Directly to the murderer, who might be in this room is: we believe you are hiding in clear view. We have probably interviewed you or someone in your area. & # 39;
& # 39; The conviction in Doug's face was intense. You could have heard a pin drop. You felt the tension, it was cold. I need to be confident that the police are doing their job, & Anna said.
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