‘Down the hill’; male voice captured in chilling audio on murdered girl’s cellphone

On Wednesday, Indiana authorities released a cellphone recording found in one of the slain Indiana teen’s phones. The new information gives detectives hope that the killer will soon be captured.

ABC News reports that although the audio quality isn’t the best, three words came out clearly in a male’s voice: “Down the hill.”  Investigators feel that someone will be able to recognize the voice; they also think the clip was recorded just minutes before the crime occurred. Libby German, 14, one of the two victims found dead last week in Delphi, Indiana, is being touted a hero after turning her recording the suspect’s voice.

“Libby had the presence of mind to turn on her video camera,” Capt. David Bursten told reporters. “To activate the video system on her cell phone to record criminal behavior that’s about to occur …” “There’s no doubt in our minds that [this] young lady is a hero.”

Due to the ongoing investigation, the video clip in its entirety isn’t being released yet. But during a press conference on Wednesday, police announced that Liberty took photos of a male suspect, along with a six-minute video clip.

Libby and Abigail (Abby) Williams, 13, disappeared on February 13 while taking a hike together in Delphi. When they failed to return, their parents phoned the police. The following day, both girls were found dead in a wooded area near Deer Creek, close to an abandoned railroad bridge. Detectives indicated that the girls were victims to foul play. Indiana State Police public information officer, Sgt. Tony Slocum, stated that both deaths are being treated as homicides.

“Evidence in this case has led investigators to believe that this is a double homicide and that’s what we’re investigating at this time.”

The prime suspect in the case is a man seen near the area where the girls were killed. A grainy photo captured by Libby’s cellphone camera showed a male adult in a dark blue jacket and blue jeans. Detectives think that the man’s voice on the recording is possibly the man in the photo.

“We are actively looking for this person. We believe this person is our suspect,” Sgt. Slocum said.

Anyone with information should call the Delphi Homicide Investigation Tip Line at 844-459-5786 or the Indiana State Police at 800-382-7537. The FBI and Carroll County Sheriff’s Department are offering up to a $41,000 reward for information that leads to the suspect’s arrest. Actual reward money will depend upon the value of the provided information.

[Feature Photo: Police Handout]