Libby’s grandmother, Becky Patty, penned a heartfelt message on Facebook Monday to mark nine months since the girls went missing.
“Nine months ago you had just eaten pancakes and was out there helping me in the office. I am so sorry I ever said yes to let you go to the trails that day. I let you down. That is something I will carry forever. I am so sorry Kelsi is going through this, it kills me seeing her in pain.”
On February 13, Libby and Abby went missing after being dropped off to go hiking near the Monon High Bridge. Their bodies were found the next morning on a private piece of land less than a mile from where they were last seen alive.
Becky and her husband, Mike, have spoken numerous times over the past several months about how their lives have changed since that day.
Their memories of Libby always revolved around the kind, caring and uplifting girl that she was – and how quiet their house has become, now that she’s gone.
“We are learning to live with the quiet – sometimes it is deafening. The holidays are coming up – I just wanted to skip them but was outvoted.”
The first few months were some of the hardest for both families, but the upcoming holidays will be their first without Libby and Abby. Together and apart, they have been focusing on events and ways to honor the girls' memories while keeping their case and the search for their killer alive.
Becky says their family is focusing on traditions and continuing to spread the word about the case to places that may not know the girls' story yet.
Something that will continue through the holidays - but not without taking time to remember.
“I have really been struggling with Thanksgiving this year. Just couldn’t find anything to be thankful for. Then I saw the cardinal in the yard and a windchime tinkle when there was no wind – I knew it was you. I realized you were still here with us.”
Both families say the holidays are something they couldn't get through without their support systems and the community that has rallied around them for the past nine months.
“I am thankful that I have a wonderful family that sticks together and supports each other through this,” Becky posted. “I am thankful for all the strangers that have fallen in love with you and Abby and are willing to take time out of their lives to help us search for the monster that did this to you.
"Oh Libby. We miss you so much. I am so thankful we had you for the years we did – the honor of being your grandmother – of learning so many things from your giving spirit. I was made a better person because of you.”
The search continues for the only suspect police have in the murders of Libby and Abby. The photo and audio below were captured by Libby on the day that the girls were killed. The sketch was released several months later by Indiana State Police after compiling possible witness descriptions.
If you have any information on the case or who the person in this photo and audio may be, contact the Abby and Libby Tip Line at (844) 459-5786 or 1-800-225-5324 (800-Call FBI). Tips can also be emailed to Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com. Information can be reported anonymously.