The sketch police released Monday of the man they think murdered two Indiana teen girls who disappeared from a hiking trail more than two years ago, a case known as the Delphi Murders, was actually drawn just two days after the heinous murders.
Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were found killed on Valentine’s Day 2017, just one day after they vanished from the Delphi Historic Trails.
But even though the drawing of the suspect was released just this week, it was actually drawn up a long time ago.
Master Trooper Taylor Bryant, a sketch artist with Indiana State Police, told the Indianapolis Star he drew the sketch up two days after the bodies of the girls were discovered. He said he did not however, draw the sketch that police released back in 2017.
Bryant’s newly released sketch was based on the witness description of the suspect. At the time, the witness felt that man needed to be reported.
“We believe you are hiding in plain sight,” Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter said in a press conference held Monday, speaking directly to the killer. “For more than two years, you never thought we’d shift gears to a new investigative strategy but we have.”
At the conference, Carter revealed that he thinks the girls’ killer lives in Delphi. He added that he think it’s possible investigators have already interviewed the killer or that he could even be in the room during the presser.
“We know that this is about power to you and you want to know what we know. One day you will,” he said.
He also noted the earlier sketch released by investigators will now be considered secondary.
This week, investigators released an audio clip and video clip, both of which were recorded on German’s phone, that they think have captured the voice and mannerisms of the suspect. They said they are now pursuing a new investigative direction and hope they are closer to catching the killer.
The suspect is described as weighing between 180 and 200 pounds and stands between 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 5 feet, 8 inches tall. At the time of the murders, he was wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket or coat and a hoodie.
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