Bodies found in Indiana identified as missing teen girls

DELPHI, Indiana (WXIN) – Police have launched a double homicide investigation after an autopsy report confirmed the two bodies found in Delphi are the two missing teens.

A volunteer searching for the girls discovered the bodies on private property about 50 to 60 feet from the water, not far from where Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were last seen. The girls were reported missing Monday.

Officials said the bodies were transported to Terre Haute where a coroner conducted the autopsies that confirmed their identities. They can't release the girls' cause or manner of death at this time.

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Police released a photo of a man taken on the Delphi Historic Trails on Feb. 13, around the time Abigail Williams and Liberty German were walking.

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Police said they do not have any suspects in custody at this time, but they do not believe there is a threat to the community.

"There is someone out there that did this crime and we're going to track them down," Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said. "Folks should continue with business as usual but be more mindful and watch your surroundings a little closer."

Officials believe this is the first double homicide investigation in Carroll County.

Sgt. Kim Riley said parents should keep a close eye on their children. "I think people need to be cautious and careful," Riley said. "Parents should make sure they know where their children are and what their children are doing, and if nothing else, know what's going on in their lives. That's the most important thing I can say at this point in time."

The bodies were discovered along the edge of Deer Creek in Delphi which is about a half-mile away from the Monon High Bridge, the last place the two girls were seen Monday afternoon. They were supposed to meet with family members later Monday evening, but when the teens didn't show up, and that's when their family called police.

Their disappearance led to a large search involving numerous volunteers and several law enforcement agencies. Riley said police all the way from Lowell, Indiana to Fort Wayne, Indiana have helped with the investigation.

Officers are asking anyone who may have taken pictures in the area or was just on the trail to contact authorities immediately. You can call the Carroll County Sheriff's Department at 765-564-2413 or Indiana State Police at 765-567-2125.

Delphi Community Schools Superintendent Gregory Briles said counselors will be available for students and staff Wednesday. All after school activities have been canceled for the remainder of the week at Delphi Community Middle School.

"It is a small community and the community is going to wrap its arms around these families and is going to take very good care of them," Briles said.

Administrators also plan to step up security until police release more details about the investigation.

Update: Police released a photo of a man taken on the Delphi Historic Trails on Feb. 13, around the time Abigail Williams and Liberty German were walking.

Investigators want to talk with him about what he may have seen. They would also like to speak with anyone who was parked at High Bridge Trail Head on Feb. 13, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Anyone who knows about the pictured man or has any information is asked to call the Carroll County Sheriff's Department at 765-564-2413, the Delphi Police Department at 765-564-2345 or the Indiana State Police at 765-567-2125. Callers can remain anonymous.

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