Reward for Delphi Killer Imprisonment Rises to $ 325K: Anonymous Donor Gives $ 100K to Solve Cold Cases of Girls, 14 and 13, Murdered on Indiana Hiking Trail in 2017
- Abigail ‘Abby’ Williams, 13, and Liberty ‘Libby’ German, 14, were found dead on a hiking trail near Delphi, Indiana on February 14, 2017
- More than four years later, the girls’ murderer remains at large
- This week, police announced an anonymous donation of $ 100,000 as a reward fund
- It raised the reward for information leading to a conviction to $ 325,000
An anonymous donation of $ 100,000 has been given to help capture the person responsible for the 2017 murders of two teenage girls in Delphi, Indiana.
Indiana State Police announced this week that the large donation had raised the reward fund for information leading to a cold-case conviction to $ 325,000.
It has been more than four years since 13-year-old Abigail ‘Abby’ Williams and 14-year-old Liberty ‘Libby’ German were found dead on February 14, 2017 by the Monon High Bridge Trail near Delphi.
Investigators are still working tirelessly to catch the girls’ killer, Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said.
“It’s been four years, but to us it looks like it was yesterday when we started this thing,” Leazenby told the news channel. WLS
Liberty ‘Libby’ German (left) and Abigail ‘Abby’ Williams (right) were kidnapped and murdered in Delphi, Indiana, in February 2017. More than four years later, an anonymous donation of $ 100,000 was added to the reward fund for information that led to the killer’s capture
This man in blue jeans and a blue jacket is believed to be a suspect in the murders of the girls
Libby and Abby were reported missing on February 13, 2017 after being dropped off at the Delphi Historic Trails for walking, but they never showed up when a parent picked them up.
Their bodies were found about a mile off the main trail the next day. Police did not disclose the cause of death.
Investigators believe the girls were approached by an unknown man while hanging on a bridge.
A photo of the alleged murderer was found on Libby’s phone, along with an audio clip where he could hear the girls tell, “Go down the hill.”
Police called Libby a hero for taking up the evidence before she was murdered.
A grainy photo of the man along with a composite sketch was released by police in the hope that someone would come forward to identify him.
Investigators said the suspect could be between 18 and 40 years old with a deceptively ‘youthful appearance’.
Libby (left) and Abby (right) were reported missing on February 13, 2017, after being dropped off at the Delphi Historic Trails for walking, but never showed when a parent picked them up. Their bodies were found about a mile off the main trail the next day
Libby posted this photo of Abby on an abandoned railroad bridge hours before they disappeared
Police released the composite sketch on the left early in the investigation. The sketch on the right was released in 2019 when police said the investigation had taken a new direction
In 2019, police announced that the investigation had taken a new direction and released a second composite sketch that differed dramatically from the first, featuring a much older and bearded suspect.
Still, the sketch didn’t seem to give any clues and the matter has remained cold ever since.
Police have released few details about the investigation to protect its integrity, they said.
Libby’s older sister, Kelsi German, fought hard to keep the case in the spotlight and even began studying forensic psychology at Purdue University in hopes of tracking down the killer.
Kelsi took to Twitter in late 2020 to wish her sister a happy birthday on the day Libby turned 18.
She said she “ prayed that 2021 is the year ” that Libby and Abby’s killer will finally be caught.
Kelsi German highlighted what would have been her sister Libby’s 18th birthday in a tweet (pictured) last December, saying she prays for the killer to be caught in 2021
Sheriff Leazenby said detectives have received numerous tips as the investigation progresses, following up every credible lead with interviews and search warrants.
“We still have the days of up and down is the best way to put it,” he said of the inquiry.
“My term ends in 2022 – I would love nothing more than to see someone convicted of this crime before I am absent.”