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Everything We Know About The Killer On The High Bridge That Could Lead To His Capture  

Megan Summers
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On February 13, 2017, Abigail "Abby" Williams, 13, and Liberty "Libby" German, 14, disappeared from a hiking trail close to Delphi, Indiana. The next day, they were discovered half a mile away from the Monon High Bridge. Since the girls perished, three potential suspects have been named, two sketches have been released, and one audio recording has circulated. Still, no one has been charged. Abby and Libby's families continue to seek new leads and potential evidence, hoping to answer the question: Who is the killer on the high bridge? 

Investigators are still pursuing every tip. "I want the family to know that when I take my last breath on this earth, I'll be thinking of them," assured Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. Though there is little evidence, what police have released to the public could help solve the disappearance of Abby Williams and Libby German. 

Officials on the case ask anyone with information to call 844-459-5786 or email abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com.

Libby German And Abby Williams Were Walking The Delphi Historic Trails When The Suspect Attacked
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Libby's older sister dropped the teens off at the Delphi Historic Trails to go for a walk in the early afternoon of February 13, 2017. A family member was supposed to pick them up an hour later at the same spot, but when the girls failed to arrive, they were reported missing to police. A vast search was conducted that evening, and the local sheriff's department reported in a press release that it was too early to believe the girls were in danger.

The next day, around noon, two bodies were found close to the trail, a half-mile away from the Monon High Bridge. The day after, they were officially identified as Abby and Libby. The sheriff's department confirmed the girls perished as a result of foul play. 

Libby German Captured Video And Audio Of The Alleged Perpetrator
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Police were able to retrieve audio and video from Libby's phone of the man they believe is responsible for the attack. Initially, only a short clip from the audio was provided to the media, as well as a screenshot from the video. In it, a male's voice says, "Down the hill."

"Somebody knows this voice," a Delphi resident told Inside Edition. "Somebody has to know who this guy is. We are begging you, begging you to come forward. We need to find out who has done this to our girls."

In April 2019, police provided a longer version of the clip, in which the same voice says "guys" before instructing the victims to go "down the hill." A short video of a man walking on the Monon High Bridge, from which the earlier screenshot was taken, was released with the extended audio clip. 

A Sketch Of A Possible Suspect Was Released Soon After The Girls Were Discovered And Is Thought To Be Invalid
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Five months after the slayings, police released a composite sketch based on witness testimony. When this sketch circulated, investigators indicated they were looking for a white male between 5'6" to 5'10", weighing 180 to 220 pounds, with reddish brown hair.

Based on subsequent testimony and evidence, this sketch is no longer considered the most accurate depiction of the subject.

Another Sketch Of A Possible Suspect Was Drawn Days After The Girls Perished And Was Released In 2019
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When video and additional audio of the possible suspect were released from Libby's phone in April 2019, police also provided a new sketch of their perpetrator while claiming the previous sketch was no longer legitimate. This sketch was developed two days after the girls were discovered, and according to sketch artist Master Trooper Taylor Bryant, the drawing was based on the testimony of one witness. Police have not clarified why they waited over two years to release the new sketch, but it has already garnered thousands of tips.

Authorities insist they are one tip away from catching the man responsible. "Somebody knows who that person is," Superintendent Doug Carter pleaded to the public in a press conference.