Tips are pouring in about the mysterious murders of two Indiana teens just days after investigators announced a new direction in the case known as the “Delphi murders.”
Indiana authorities have received about 1,000 tips in just 24 hours after releasing a new sketch, audio and video clip in the murder investigation of Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, according to the Associated Press.
The teens were found dead on Valentine’s Day in 2017, just one day after the pair didn’t return from an afternoon trek at the Delphi Historical Trails.
The new sketch, which investigators later confirmed was drawn just two days after the girl’s death, depicts a man authorities believe is between 18 and 40 years old who may have lived or worked in the Delphi area.
“The result of the new information and intelligence over time leads us to believe the sketch that you will see shortly is the person responsible of the murders of these two little girls,” Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter said at Monday’s press conference before unveiling the new sketch.
Authorities also released a longer audio clip in which a male can be heard saying “down the hill” and video captured on the teen’s cell phone that shows a man walking along railroad ties that afternoon.
While investigators are hoping the new information leads to the teens’ killer, some residents of the area say the information—especially the knowledge that the killer could be living among them—has them on edge.
“Delphi has changed. Instead of greeting your neighbor with a handshake and a smile at the grocery store, now you look at everybody with suspicion,” Rebecca Baxter told local station RTV6 of how the murders has transformed the community.
They are now hoping for justice for the two teen girls.
“I always thought he was from Delphi,” Deanna Perason said. “I hope we get closure, soon.”
Since the investigation began, authorities have received more than 35,000 tips in the case, but are hoping the new batch of information moves them closer to finding the killer.
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