Police Make Eerie New Connection Between Delphi Teens Killed On Hike And Latest Person Of Interest

By Emma Kerr

Police arrested a person of interest in the unsolved murders of two Delphi teens last week, police confirmed Friday as their search for the attacker continues.

Daniel Nations, 31, was homeless and living under bridges in Morgan County -- the same area Abby Williams and Libby German went missing on February 14. Williams and German’s bodies were found near Monon High Bridge, in an area about 1.5 hours from where Nations was living at the time.  

German and Williams' family dropped them off in the area for a hike near Deer Creek on February 13, who were 13 and 14 at the time, respectively. Their family became worried when the girls did not return from their hike at the time they'd agreed upon. Their bodies were found the next day about a mile away from where they'd been dropped off. Police have yet to release information on how the girls were killed, but have been searching for possible suspects.

Police have released audio taken on one of the girls' phones, asking if anyone can identify the voice of the man saying "down the hill," who could possibly be their killer. 

Nations is a convicted sex offender, and was due to appear in court on other civil crimes but did not show up. He was arrested on February 24 for failing to appear in court and released from Morgan County Jail on February 28. He was arrested again on September 25 in Colorado for driving with an expired license plate and is accused of threatening people with a hatchet on a Colorado trail.

Police say he was required to check in weekly with officers because of his homeless and sex offender status, and he checked in like usual on February 14, the day the girls’ bodies were found.

Nations is one of hundreds of people being investigated by the Indiana State Police who are potentially of interest to this case. Police sent two detectives to interview Nations, who is now living in Johnson County and had not informed police when he moved. Police described a possible suspect, pictured in a video taken on one of the girls’ phones before their death, as a 5’6" to 5’10" male, weighing 180 to 220 pounds with reddish brown hair.

Suella Ferrand, a former employer of Nations, told Fox 59, “At first he seemed like he was a decent guy, said he was ex-military. But the more I got to know him the more I realized he wasn’t as decent as we thought he was.”

[Photo: Morgan County Sheriff's Department]

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