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Police search Delphi home, seek tips in girls’ killings

February 17, 2017

Authorities who searched a home in northern Indiana said Friday they found few clues in the killing of two teenage girls whose bodies were found on a trail where they had been dropped off to go hiking.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said Thursday a search warrant was obtained for a home outside Delphi, 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis. No arrests were made Thursday.

The bodies of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams of Delphi were found Tuesday about a quarter-mile from an abandoned railroad bridge that’s part of a trail system where a family member left them Monday to go hiking on a day off school. Their deaths have been ruled a double-homicide.

Police said Wednesday they had no suspects in the killings that have shocked Delphi, a community of about 3,000 people.

On Wednesday, police released two photos of a man walking along the city of Delphi’s trail system around the time the girls were dropped off. Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said Thursday police just want to talk to the man about what he might have seen. Police said they have received about 100 tips about the man. It is not clear if the man is linked to the search warrant issued Thursday.

Riley said a telephone tip line has been established in the case. The number is 844-459-5786. Callers can remain anonymous if they wish.

A community visitation for the girls is set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the Delphi High School gymnasium, with private funeral services scheduled for Sunday.

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