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Investigators believe the killer of two teen girls is hiding in plain sight in the small community of Delphi, Indiana and that someone who knows the killer may be “afraid” to come forward.
“If somebody knows something, they need to tell us. I think they’re afraid too,” Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Somebody knows who that person is.”
Authorities now believe they may be closer than ever to catching the man responsible for killing Abigail Williams, 13, and Liberty German, 14, after releasing new information about the case, including an updated suspect sketch, last month.
Investigators believe the man depicted in the sketch either lives, works or spends significant time near the Delphi community where the murders occurred in February 2017 and have urged area residents to consider whether it may be someone they know.
"Somebody that commits a horrific crime like this against two little girls probably has shown signs of violence in the past. … He didn't just all of a sudden decide to do this one day," Carter said.
Since the new sketch was released at the end of April, the Indiana State Police have received more than 3,000 new tips in the case, local station RTV6 reports.
The department has received a total of more than 42,000 tips since the middle school girls disappeared after spending the afternoon hiking at the Delphi Historic Trials on Feb. 13, 2017. Their bodies were discovered the following day, approximately a mile from where they had been dropped off.
Investigators have also released video that was captured on German’s phone of a male walking along the railroad ties wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket and a hoodie.
They believe the man investigators are looking for is between the ages of 18 and 40 years old and likely has some connection to the community, although it’s not clear why police believe that’s the case.
Investigators said they know “significantly more” about the murders than they did in the past, but have chosen to remain tight-lipped about some of the developments because “the only other person who knows that is the killer,” Carter said on the morning show.
"We're going to continue to push and push and push until we get that final piece of information," he said.
Anyone with information about the murders or the man depicted in the latest police sketch is urged to contact authorities.
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