Indiana authorities looking for person of interest in murder of teens Libby German and Abby Williams
Indiana authorities released photos of a person of interest Wednesday night in connection to the murder of two teenage girls.
The mystery man was walking on the Delphi Historic Trails around the same time Abby Williams and Libby German were walking in the area, according to the Indiana State Police.
"We are asking help from the public to help identify him so he can be contacted regarding what he might have seen," state cops said in a press release.
The man in the photo can be seen wearing a blue jacket and a hat as he walks on the path.
Additionally, authorities are looking for anyone who may have parked in the area between 1 and 5 p.m. on Monday.
The bodies of the two teens were found Tuesday in a wooded area about 50 feet from the banks of Deer Creek, 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis. The discovery was made in an area less than a mile upstream from the railroad bridge that's known to residents as the Monon High Bridge.
The girls were identified on Wednesday, but authorities are not yet releasing the cause or manner of their deaths.
"The investigation is still in its baby steps, so to speak, and we don't want to put that information out yet," State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said Wednesday.
Sgt. Riley said a relative of one of the girls dropped them off Monday near the bridge and another relative had agreed to pick them up later. They were reported missing Monday evening.
The girls went hiking because the school they attended did not have classes on Monday.
Libby, 14, and Abby, 13, were both honor roll students in the fall semester, according to the local Carroll County Comet.
"I've lived around this town for 50-plus years and things like this are happening every day in bigger cities, like Chicago and Indianapolis and what not," Delphi resident Richard Gardiner told WLFI. "And in a small community when it happens, everybody goes berserk."
Anyone who can identify the unidentified man should contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department or the Delphi Police Department at (765) 564-2345, or the Indiana State Police at (765) 567-2125.