On February 14th 2017, police found the deceased bodies of Abigail Williams and Liberty German a quarter mile from an abandoned railroad bridge in Delphi, Indiana.
The news of their murders shocked the nation and a task force was immediately formed, comprising the FBI, state police, and local law enforcement.
Within the next few days, they would issue a warrant for a 'mystery man' who was captured via one of the girl's snapchat videos.
According to Liberty's sister Kelsi, both girls had had the day off of school as part of a "built-in snow day". Kelsi agreed to drop the girls off at the Monon High Bridge, an abandoned railroad bridge, around 1:30pm.
The father would pick the girls back up on his way home from work, so the timing was no problem.
Liberty's grandmother was the first to feel a strange sense that something wasn't right when she tried repeatedly calling her granddaughter, but couldn't get an answer.
Immediately, the families of the two girls descended on the trail and around the bridge, hoping to find them safe.
However, it wasn't until the next day that their two bodies were discovered. On February 14th at 12:30pm, nearly 24 hours later, both Liberty and Abagail were found down a hill. They were both deceased and the cause of death was clearly homicide.
The news of the girl's sudden demise not only shocked the nation, but like most other murders, had completely shattered the victim's families.
Liberty's grandfather spoke out, "This horrible crime has torn a hole in our families that will never heal," he says. "It's the small things that seem to hurt the most. It's just natural to holler for them to come to dinner; or in the morning to get up and get ready for school, then expect them to come through the door after school; the silence when we don't hear their voice."
As tips started pouring in, so did the support of the two families involved.
By March 9th, 2017, the reward for bringing their killer to justice reached $224,000. Today, the reward stands tall at $325,000, rightly so, and much of this was brought forth from an anonymous donation.
The total tips called in were up to 11,000 and the public was optimistic that someone would be held accountable soon for this horrific crime.
If you are familiar with the Delphi murder case, then you have seen the snapchat snippet of the primary suspect saying "down the hill". However, in April 2019, police released an additional few seconds of the audio, which now includes, "guys...down the hill."
The FBI has looped the video and audio segment for easier public viewing.
They also claim that the man in the video seems to walk with a limp because of the "physical deterioration of the bridge."
Liberty's sister Kelsi has also since debunked that the cellphone was moved to different locations when she told Inside Edition, "Libby's phone did ping on two towers, but that was because the town is so small, if you move to one side of the house, your phone will switch towers sometimes."
The first person of interest was obviously the property owner, Ron Logan, on which the bodies of the girls were discovered.
Logan's property spanned 40 acres.
Ron Logan told Inside Edition, "It was something I couldn't get my emotions around. You can't believe that something this terrible in this community happened here on my property, in my backyard."
Logan, a "habitual traffic offender" spent 2 years locked up for "unrelated probation violations."
On the day that the girls were murdered, he was 20 miles away "buying tropical fish", according to police. He has been since ruled out as a suspect in the murders.
Along with this initial sketch is a description: male, between 5'6" to 5'10", 180 to 220 pounds, reddish brown hair, eye color unknown.
How investigators arrived at this sketch from the grainy Snapchat photo and video is a mystery to me. Perhaps there is more that they are not showing the public?
On September 17th, 2017, police arrested Daniel Nations, who was homeless during the murder.
Police who noticed he was driving with expired tags arrested nations in Colorado.
Daniel Nations' wife, Katelyn, tells The Gazette, "I can't tell if that is him or not, but the one thing I'm not going to buckle on, he did not have that jacket."
On February 14th, 2017, Daniel Nations is eliminated as a suspect.
Speaking publically, Nations tells about his experience as suspect, "I feel like a victim in this situation. I just want people to know the truth, that I am not a monster."
In April 1988, 8-year-old April Tinsley was brutally murdered and thrown in a muddy ditch by a sicko finally arrested 30 years later.
John Miller, 59 at arrest, spent years taunting the public and police with notes and letters. Miller hoped to see his crime in the papers more than it had been.
Tinsley was found 3 days after her murder. Her body was already in a state of decomposition.
Miller lived 2 hours away from Delphi when police finally arrested him in 2018.
He was a suspect in the murders of Liberty and Abigail, but has been ruled out for the Delphi murders.
Charles Andrew Eldridge, 46, is a disgusting pedophile who deserves to be locked up, even if he was ruled out for the Delphi bridge killings.
Arrested and later convicted for an attempted sexual encounter with a 14-year-old, whom was actually an undercover cop dressed to look the part, they quickly apprehended Eldridge.
It was during a press conference that some of the public in attendance noticed the similarities between Eldridge and the Delphi suspect sketch.
Looks remarkably close to me. What do you think?
In a news release, Randolph County police said, "outside of the person resembling the sketch, there is currently zero evidence that ties him to this case and he is not a suspect in the case." "Although we understand that people are trying to help the investigation, by doing this with zero evidence other than a mere appearance, it can also hurt or hinder an investigation," the department said.
Fed up with the slow pace of finding potential suspects, the Indiana State Police shifted the case in a "new direction" by releasing a longer audio snippet, a video of the man walking (used to only be the still image), and a new sketch.
This new sketch is the most drastic change in the case.
An obvious change, the new sketch shows a man who is "18 to 40" and "may appear younger" than he actually is.
Nicholas McLeland, Carroll County Prosecutor, was adamant that this was "not a cold case." He stated that law enforcement are not done with the investigation and there are "countless people" working to bring justice every day.
Doug Carter, the Superintendent assigned, went a step further by addressing the killer through the press. "We believe you are hiding in plain sight," Carter said. "You never thought we would shift gears.. but we have. We know this is about power to you. You want to know what we know. One day, you will."
Typical with any high-profile case, arm-chair sleuths, 'Karens', and online bloggers (me too, I guess) took to solving the case themselves.
The internet can be a wonderful tool in solving cold cases, but only if the public is allowed information on the case. If not, speculation abounds.
Sometimes speculations can lead to breakthroughs, although in most cases it simply hinders the investigation and/or angers the victim's families.
That is why Kelsi German, the older sister of Liberty, has taken to the internet to set the record straight. Kelsi explains that 'NO' the families have not refused to take lie detector test. She says, "that is a very big misconception... we've been very open and gave the police everything that we know."
YES, the police have been trying their damnedest to solve it and they are "forthcoming" and the families "really like" their law enforcement.
NO, the bodies, or the cell phone wasn't moved from the crime scene. Libby's phone pinged on two towers, "but that was because the town is so small if you move to one side of the house, your phone will switch towers sometimes."
NO, none of the family members were involved in this tragedy. The grieving process differs from family to family. It's not that they are refusing to speak to media, it is that they are still grieving, plus the pressure and even harassment brought by the media is not what the families seek.
NO, the Abby and Libby Memorial Park was not a cash-grab. Parks cost a lot of money and building it was "an outlet" for the families to "keep busy."
Today, the park is operational, and although I've never been, I am sure it is exquisite and beautiful.
Paul Etter was a person of interest regarding the killings of Abigail and Liberty. According to a warrant issued for his arrest, Etter had kidnapped a woman and held her for several hours as he sexually assaulted her.
The victim was driving home on County Road 900 East in Tippecanoe County when her tire went flat. It was around 4:30am.
Cloaked as a good samaritan, Etter asked the woman if she needed help. She refused and drove to a friend's house, still with a flat tire.
Paul Etter approached the woman, put her into handcuffs, abducted her, and drove his car to another location where he began his assault.
Before Etter's warrant could be served, he killed himself.
They charged James Chadwell 2nd with kidnapping and attempted murder of a 9-year-old girl in Lafayette, Indiana, about 20 miles from Delphi.
According to police, Chadwell had invited his victim to his home "to see his dogs" and then locked the girl in his basement, assaulting her for several hours.
Court documents claim that Chadwell repeatedly hit and choked the girl, and put her into a "headlock, to where she passed out."
Chadwell's own younger brother told the DailyMail in a video interview that his brother is "absolutely capable of killing" Abigail Williams and Liberty German.
Kegan Anthony Kline was an arrest in August 2020 after they caught him using "fake social media accounts" to meet up with underaged girls.
Mainly using the handle "anthony_shots" and " Kline's nefarious actions made him the new suspect for the Delphi murders.
Currently locked up in Miami County, Kline faces 30 counts of child exploitation, and possession of child pornography.
He has pleaded not guilty on August 21, 2020.
Kegan Kline is the new Delphi suspect after confessing to "using the fake social media accounts to talk to girls in 2016 and 2017. The two girls were killed on February 13th, 2017.