Crime Family of slain Indiana teen speaks out after suspect's sketch released

17:01  18 july  2017
17:01  18 july  2017 Source:   CBS News

Indiana police to release suspect sketch in killing of 2 teens

  Indiana police to release suspect sketch in killing of 2 teens State police say they will release new evidence on the main suspect in the killing of two northern Indiana girls in February. Sgt. Kim Riley says a news release will be issued Monday morning providing "very important" information that "will give people a clearer image of who we are looking for" in the unsolved double-murder case.Fourteen-year-old Liberty German vanished with 13-year-old Abigail Williams on Feb. 13 while hiking a trail near their hometown of Delphi, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis. Their bodies were found the next day in nearby woods.

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Police released a sketch of a man suspected of killing two girls while they were on a hike in Indiana in February. Officers believe the man accused of murdering Liberty German and Abigail Williams is 5-feet, 6-inches to 5-feet,10-inches tall, weighs between 180 and 220 pounds and has a goatee.

Their bodies were discovered a day after they went missing.

Police insist their investigation has not gone cold, but after drawing national attention and generating thousands of tips, they still don't know the suspect's name, reports CBS News correspondent Don Dahler.

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"We're gonna get you now. We have a face to go with you," said Becky Patty, Liberty German's grandmother. German's grandparents think police are one step closer to catching the 14-year-old's killer.

"We want to get this guy off the streets. Know what I mean? Don't want anybody to go through what we been going through," said Mike Patty, German's grandfather.

Investigators released a composite sketch Monday. "It shows a little more facial features, it gives you a little more information on what we're looking at, who the suspect might be," said Indiana State police sergeant Kim Riley.

Police unveil composite sketch of Delphi double homicide suspect

  Police unveil composite sketch of Delphi double homicide suspect <p>Five months after the killings of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams, investigators on Monday released a composite sketch of a man believed to be connected to their deaths. </p>The new evidence was published late Monday morning in an email news release from Indiana State Police.

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Families of murdered teen girls speak out as investigation reaches three months. Indiana officers have chased thousands of tips in connection with the deaths. Liberty captured the prime suspect on her phone, but cops still haven't ID'd him.

A composite sketch released July 17, 2017, and surveillance photo taken Feb. 13, 2017, show a suspect in the killings of Abigail Williams and Liberty German in Delphi, Ind.: delphi-split.jpg© Indiana State Police delphi-split.jpg German shot it on her cell phone as the alleged murderer pursued her and 13-year-old Abigail Williams.   "If we can get a name or at least a location of this subject, that would be great," Riley said.   The sketch is based in part on a witness who claims to have seen the man around the time the girls disappeared on this railway trail on February 13.   Fear of the suspect apparently kept the witness from coming forward sooner.   "The person was not clear on the color of the eyes, but the person said it was definitely not blue," Riley said.   Police do know what their suspect sounds like thanks to a previously released audio snippet that was recorded by German.

"The likelihood of solving the case is still very high," said former FBI assistant director Ron Hosko. Hosko says it's unclear how reliable the new sketch is, but at least it forces the public to pay attention again.

"It is just making that connection, it is having somebody's synapses touch and say -- I know who this is," Hosko said.

Police caution the hat the suspect is wearing in the sketch may not be accurate, and are asking the public to instead focus on the suspect's facial features.

The reward in this case is now more than $230,000.

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