The Indiana State Police reportedly began searching a northern Indiana river this week in connection with the 2017 deaths of two Delphi girls.
According to WDRB, ISP began searching the Wabash River after “The Murder Sheet” podcasters connected the area with the deaths of Libby German, 14, and Abby Williams, 13. The girls were found murdered on Valentine’s Day 2017 in Delphi, after they took a hiking trip at an abandoned bridge.
The river is near the area where Kegan Kline lived. Kline, who was arrested last year on child exploitation and child pornography charges, said police told him he was the last person to communicate with one of the girls. He denies any involvement in the murders.
Court documents stated that detectives found photos, chats, and additional evidence that revealed Kline indeed chatted with the girls a short time before their deaths.
According to Business Insider senior reporter and co-founder of The Murder Sheet podcast, Áine Cain, Libby had an interaction with Kline on Instagram but thought she was interacting with the person in a photo Kline posted as himself, in an attempt to “catfish” young girls into sending nude photos.
“Libby was apparently enthralled by this profile,” Cain said. “She wanted to meet up with him. She was being potentially catfished by this person, who, of course, looked nothing like and was nothing like what he portrayed online.”
Heavily redacted court documents say that state police and the FBI encountered Kline in 2017 while conducting a search warrant in Peru, Indiana. That is when they discovered the fake “anthony_shots” profile, soliciting minor girls online.
A subpoena for an IP address led to another address in Peru, Indiana, and a second search warrant found Kline and his father there.
Investigators seized several devices, but Kline contacted them a few days later about a device they hadn’t seized. When investigators got that device, they found that many files had been deleted and social media apps uninstalled.
The reported search is happening as a judge ordered the unsealing of the child porn case against Kline. He has not been charged in connection with the Delphi murders.
The Murders of Abby and Libby & Ronald Logan
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. The bodies were found on property belonging to Ronald Logan.
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 killings were later 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.”
Only a few seconds of the 43-seconds long recording have not been made public.
The warrant indicated that an FBI agent said Logan’s voice “is not inconsistent with that of the person in the video.”
Kline’s voice, however, has not been ruled out.
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: Kegan Kline/ Miami County Sheriff’s Office]