Delphi, Indiana: Family friend describes loss of girls, the wait for police to find their killer

DELPHI, Ind. -- People living in the small town of Delphi remain on edge as police widen their search for the person responsible for the murder of two young girls, but for the families of those victims the wait has been agonizing.

Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were dropped off to go hiking near the Monon High Bridge one week ago. It was the last time family or friends would ever hear from them again. The girls’ bodies were found the next day less than a mile from that bridge on the back end of a piece of private property.

Police still have no suspects in their murder.

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“Shock I think would be the best way to explain it,” said Lisa Boyd, a friend of the German family. “You don’t expect something like this around here.”

Boyd said Liberty was full of life and loved her family and she will forever remember the last conversation that she had with the girl.

“She was very funny, outgoing, friendly, energetic. She was a good kid,” said Boyd.

Boyd said there's nothing that can replace what the families have lost.

“We took food out there, that’s not going to make it better. You can buy flowers,  you send cards, you can be there very minute of every day if you want to and if they want you around, but it’s not going to make it better. It’s not going to take it away, and even once they get answers it’s not going to make it better because she’s still not here,” said Boyd.  

Indiana State Police on Sunday officially named the person in the photo below a suspect in the girls’ murders. They’ve received over 100 new tips since that update, but so far none of them have led police to the man in the photograph.

“If it were me I’d say it’s me; I was out there, this is what I may have seen this is what I may not have seen. The fact that it’s been a week now and he has not come forward, that’s what makes him look suspicious to the public’s eye,” said Boyd.

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The mystery surrounding the two girls' murders has been troubling for everyone living in the tight-knit community. Boyd said she refuses to give up hope that police will catch the person responsible. 

“I’m hopeful, I’m not going to say optimistic, but I’m hopeful," said Boyd. "I know they’ve been working around the clock tirelessly, so I’m very hopeful.”

If you saw somebody, or have any information on this case, call the Delphi Murder Tip Line at 844-459-5786.

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