DELPHI, Indiana — Investigators think the bodies of slain Delphi girls, Abby Williams and Libby German, were staged and moved at the crime scene, court documents obtained by The Murder Sheet Podcast indicate.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 13-year-old Abby and 14-year-old Libby were murdered in 2017, but the killer remains elusive. Investigators have been mostly mum on many case details but a redacted warrant provides a glimpse into information surrounding the murder scene, suspect, and victims.
“A large amount of blood was lost by the victims at the crime scene,” an agent wrote in the warrant. “Because of the nature of the victim’s wounds, it is nearly certain the perpetrator of the crime would have gotten blood on his person/clothing.”
The victims, according to the warrant, didn’t have any defense wounds, but some articles of clothing were taken from them and removed from the scene.
“Based upon my training and experience it is common for perpetrators of this type of crime to take a ‘souvenir’ or, in some fashion, memorialize the crime scene,” the agent wrote.
Further, although the public has only heard a few seconds of a recording made by one of the victims before her death, the agent wrote in the warrant that the full recording is 43 seconds long.
The warrant also indicates that investigators want a warrant to search the property of Ronald Logan. The girls were discovered deceased on Logan’s property. Investigators tracked Logan’s activities on the day of the murders and determined he was not forthcoming.
According to the warrant, Logan said he was in Lafayette on the day of the murders, visiting an aquarium. He also allegedly asked his cousin to back up his story before the girls’ bodies had been found.
“Based on investigators experience it is reasonable to believe that the creation of an alibi prior to the discovery of a crime indicates culpability or knowledge of the crime,” the agent wrote.
“I believe there is probable cause to believe that RONALD LOGAN has committed the crime of murder and evidence of that can be found on RONALD LOGAN’S property.”
Ronald Logan was never named a suspect, despite the warrant. He passed away in 2020.
The warrant also indicated that an FBI agent said Logan’s voice “is not inconsistent with that of the person in the video.”
The Murders of Abby and Libby
On February 13, 2017, Libby and Abby took a hiking trip at the abandoned Monon High Bridge, in an outing that was only meant to be for a few hours. The girls took photos while strolling across the bridge, but as time passed and their family didn’t hear from them, police were called for assistance.
Police found the girls’ lifeless bodies a short distance from the bridge the following day, near a trail close to the bridge. They had both been murdered.
The incident was nicknamed the “Snapchat Murders” after Abby took a photo of Libby at around 2:17 p.m. and put it on social media. Detectives said that after the photo was taken, a man approached the girls and apparently told them to “go down the hill.”
One of the girls, likely sensing danger, recorded the man’s voice on her cellphone. She also managed to take a photo and record a small clip of the suspect. Although his face isn’t clear in the picture, it was enough to give authorities a general description. Since then, they’ve been poring through thousands of tips.
Meanwhile, detectives continue to ask anyone who may have had contact with the screen name “anthony_shots” to contact law enforcement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-822-3535.
WATCH HERE: VIDEO of the suspect
LISTEN HERE: AUDIO of the suspect
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[Featured image: Abby (l) and Libby (r)/Handout]