Delphi, Indiana: 2 bodies found during search for teen girls in Carroll County

UPDATE: Authorities positively identified the two bodies found as Abigail "Abby" Williams,13, and Liberty "Libby" German,14.

 

DELPHI, Ind. -- An hour after Delphi Assistant Fire Chief Curtis Borden told RTV6 two missing 13-year-old girls from Carroll County were found, calling it "not good," authorities said at a press conference two bodies had been found in the area the girls went missing. 

Sergeant Kim Riley with the Indiana State Police wouldn't go so far as to identify the bodies as the girls in a press conference Tuesday, but they do suspect foul play.

 

 

Abigail "Abby" Williams,13, and Liberty "Libby" German,14, were last seen around 1 p.m. Monday when they were dropped near the Monon High Bridge off east of Delphi, Indiana.

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The girls were supposed to meet at the bridge to be picked up later in the day, but never showed up.

The girls were last seen in a photo posted to German's Snapchat account showing Williams walking along the bridge.

The two bodies were found near Deer Creek about a mile east of the Freedom Bridge, east of town. Police are investigating the discovery as a crime scene. 

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A search party comprised of local police, sheriff's deputies, firefighters and DNR officers was formed to canvass the area where the girls were last seen. At Tuesday's press conference, Riley said the search was "scaled back."

“The family asked us to thank the communities around Delphi and the people here in Delphi for assisting in attempting to locate the two young children who were missing here earlier,” said Sgt. Riley.

Authorities at Tuesday's press conference were not at liberty to say much about the investigation.

"I think people in the community are smart enough in our community to draw their own conclusions about what they should feel and shouldn't feel," Delphi Police Chief Steve Mullins said. "Our people are very smart. We have a very good community and they are very strong. And they are able to draw their own conclusions about this whole situation very successfully.”

 

Chief Mullins said the discovery and search for the girls has had a "terrible" impact on the community.

“I know it’s had a terrible effect on our people and we are grieved this sort of thing would happen here in our community,” Chief Mullins said.

As for who may be responsible for the foul play, Chief Mullins wouldn't elaborate on if there were any suspects at large.

The Delphi Community Schools Corporation sent home a letter with students on Tuesday that said the bodies found were two of their missing middle school students. 

"It is with heavy hearts that the school corporation day comes to an end. It is our understanding that the two bodies found today were those of our two missing Delphi Community Middle School students."

The letter also said that counselors and local pastors will be available to all students and staff while they deal with the tragic situation. 

Anyone with information about the girls' disappearance should call the tip line at (844) 459-5786.

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