Delphi murder victims

Delphi murders update: Sheriff corrects previous statement, says suspect has NOT been spotted in TN

UPDATE

The Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department corrected its previous statement that the FBI were following leads to the suspected Delphi in Tennessee, according to the Indy Channel. The department’s Facebook post has since been deleted and replaced with an updated message, indicating the mistake.

To Clarify this suspect HAS NOT BEEN SEEN IN BLEDSOE COUNTY or any other counties in Tn. It is a nationwide search.

Posted by Bledsoe County Sheriff Department on Monday, January 15, 2018

The Indiana State Police sent out a news release on Monday, indicating the the information regarding tips for the suspect in Tennessee was incorrect.

“The timing of the original Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department Facebook post and the live airing on the Megyn Kelly TODAY show resulted in misinformation being shared on the show and the purpose of this release is to correct the inadvertent misinformation.”

Original Story

The FBI has reportedly extended its search for the Delphi, Indiana, killer to the southeastern areas of Tennessee.

The Indy Channel reports that their “Call 6 Investigates” team were informed that investigators, following a tip, contacted the Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee, as part of an ongoing investigation to find the person responsible for killing two young teens in Feb. 2017.

The FBI and the Indiana State Police declined to comment on which areas of Tenn. were being searched.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, on Feb. 13, 2017, Abby Williams, 13, and Libby German, 14, took a hiking trip at an abandoned bridge in Delphi, Indiana. The outing was only meant to be for a few hours, yet it was last time their family and friends would ever see them alive.

The day started out as usual for the girls. Their family dropped them off to take a hike across the Monon High Trail in Delphi, where the girls took photos for social media and hung out together. Yet, as the hours passed and their family didn’t hear from them, they became worried and called authorities for assistance. Their lifeless bodies were found the following day, not far from the bridge they walked across.

Shortly after their deaths, the incident was nicknamed the “Snapchat Murders” after Abby took a photo of Libby at around 2:17 p.m. and put in on social media. Detectives noted that shortly after the photo was taken, a man approached the girls and apparently told them to “go down the hill.”

Abby, likely sensing danger, recorded the man’s voice on her cellphone. She also managed to take a photo of the suspect. Although his face isn’t clear in the picture, it was enough to give authorities a general description.

After releasing the suspect’s photo to the public, calls and tips began flooding in. Authorities reported that closed to 10,000 tips poured in from all over the country within the first month, according to Fox News.

“As of right now, that information has been crossing off suspects so it’s been exonerating suspects so to speak, but that in itself is valuable information,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Solcum.

Almost a year a later, there have been no arrests. Anyone with any information should contact the Indiana State Police Tip Line at (844) 459-5786 or 800-225-5324 (800-Call FBI), or email Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com.

[Feature Photo: Abby Williams and Libby German/Handout]