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Teens murdered on hiking trail: Grainy photo shows suspect

by Alan Duke, Reporter & 'Crime Stories With Nancy Grace' Co-host

Police believe they have a photo of the killer, but now they are trying to find a name to go with the image.

Liberty German, 14, and Abby Williams, 13, were enjoying a walk on a community trail in the small town of Delphi, Indiana, when they were murdered on February 13. Police believe they have a photo of the killer, but now they are trying to find a name to go with the image.

The grainy photo shows the double homicide suspect walking alone on the trail on the woods on the outskirts of Delphi. He is wearing a Navy blue jacket and blue jeans.

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The teen girls were last seen on a SnapChat feed, walking on an abandoned railroad bridge at the end of the hiking trail. Their were found by volunteer searchers not far from the trail a day after they were reported missing by their families, Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum told Nancy Grace on this episode of “Crime Stories.”

Alan’s journalism career began as a way to pay for his plan to become a lawyer, but he soon realized being a courtroom reporter was a lot more fun than sitting at a defense table. Duke covered many of the nation’s most sensational crime stories over his 26 years at CNN. Duke’s closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat, much of his time was spent talking to cops, coroners and lawyers. His reporting on the investigation that followed Michael Jackson’s death — and two subsequent trials — included many revelations about the singer’s life and death.   Since leaving CNN in 2014, Duke has contributed to the Reelz Channel “Copycat Killers” documentary series. He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for LeadStories.com.