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It’s been two years since two Indiana teens set off on a hike and never returned, but police are still urging the public to come forward with tips about who may have killed the girls.
The bodies of Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were discovered Feb. 14, 2017, just one day after they vanished during a hiking trip, according to ABC News.
In the two years since the girls were killed, investigators have received more than 38,000 tips, but much of what happened to the teens that day continues to be a mystery and investigators are urging anyone with information to come forward.
“Information is our main weapon here,” Carroll County Prosecutor Nick McLeland said at a press conference Wednesday according to ABC News. “If you see something, same something.”
German and William were dropped off near an abandoned rail bridge over Deer Creek around 1 p.m. the afternoon of Feb. 13, 2007 by a relative. The girls had planned to go hiking on a day off from school, but when they didn’t show up at a previously arranged time to be picked up, concern began to grow.
Investigators launched an extensive search for the two teens and discovered their bodies at approximately 12:15 p.m. the next day in a wooded area, according to Indiana State Police. Police have not revealed how they died in an effort to preserve the investigation.
Shortly after the bodies were discovered, police released a photo of a man seen on the Delphi Historic Trail that day who they believe is a suspect in the death. The grainy image shows a white man, wearing blue jeans, a blue coat and a hoodie. A sketch of that same man was also later released, along with chilling audio recording captured on German’s cell phone where a male voice can be heard saying “down the hill.”
Although it’s been two years since the girls were killed, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said investigators continue to actively work the case.
“If you’re watching, we’re coming for you,” Carter said to the killer on Wednesday according to Fox News.
Williams' mother, Anna Williams, told local station WLFI that she still wakes up everyday wishing this wasn’t her reality.
“For 30 seconds or whatever the time may be, you can kind of forget that this ever happened and then it all comes back but it happened and it was awful,” she said.
German’s grandfather, Mike Patty, told the station he has tried to continue living his life while staying focused on the investigation.
"It doesn't really get easier. That's why people say, 'Does it get any easier?' No it doesn't get any easier. You learn how to control the pain," he said.
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