There may be a new lead in the mysterious death of two teenage hikers.
According to People, authorities found a man threatening people with a hatchet in El Paso County, Colorado. They are now investigating a possible connection between the man, 31-year-old Daniel Nations, and the deaths of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams.
Nations was arrested on Monday after allegedly threatening several people with a hatchet near a trail in Colorado where a man was murdered two weeks earlier. Nations is a convicted sex offender.
In July, Indiana police released sketch of the suspect related to German and Williams' death. "It will give people a clearer image of who we are looking for," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley. The sketch was partially drawn from surveillance video footage, which shows a blue jacket walking through the woods, as well as an anonymous tip from the police tip line.
On February 13, the two teen hikers vanished while hiking near their hometown of Delphi. Their bodies were found in the woods the next day. Before the girls disappeared, German apparently happened to record audio of a man’s voice, in which he can be heard saying the words “down the hill.”
The manner in which the young women were killed was not released.
Indiana State Police released a statement about the connection, underscoring that the investigation is still in progress:
"We are aware of the arrest of the person in Colorado and are investigating to see if he could be a suspect in the Delphi double murder investigation. Please keep in mind the Indiana State Police has received more than a thousand photos of persons alleged to be similar in appearance to the composite sketch of the Delphi person of interest. Each and everyone of these tips are investigated for any potential connection to our case. We will give the same attention to the person arrested in Colorado, but right now there is nothing that definitively connects this person to our investigation. If that should change - with this tip, or any other tip - rest assured we would be sharing such news with all media sources."
[Photo: Indiana State Police]