Disturbing new details have come to light in the unsolved 2017 murders of two teenage girls, who were found dead along a well-known Indiana hiking trail.
The case of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German has baffled investigators and appalled the public since their bodies were discovered in Delphi, Indiana on February 14, 2017, a day after family members sounded the alert, that they had disappeared during a walk.
In one of the most bizarre twists in the case, the girls reportedly snapped footage of their would-be killer before their fatal encounter. Video found on German’s phone showed an unidentified man – who was later named a suspect – walking a few yards from the girls on the Monon High Bridge. Police later released an audio recording of the man telling the two girls, “Guys… down the hill.” Although images of the man have been widely circulated in the media, he has never been identified.
According to court documents obtained by The Murder Sheet podcast this week and later shared with The Daily Beast, an FBI agent involved in the investigation confirmed the two girls were being followed by the suspect on the bridge.
“It sounds like he’s directing the victims to leave the path they were on and enter the wooded area below,” the agent notes in a search warrant filed a few weeks after the murders .
The document notes that the girls would likely have come into contact with the killer around 2:13 p.m. that day, around the same time the video was filmed.
The agent also revealed that the killer would have had blood on his clothing as “a large amount of blood was lost from the victims at the scene”.
“Due to the nature of the victim’s wounds, it is almost certain that the perpetrator of the crime got blood on his person/clothing,” the agent wrote.
Authorities have never revealed how the two teenagers died. But the search warrant finds they sustained wounds inflicted by an unspecified weapon. The one word that would give away exactly what kind of weapon it is.
“It also appeared that the girls’ bodies were being moved and staged,” the FBI agent noted, adding that an unspecified piece of clothing from one of the girls was also missing from the crime scene.
“Based on my training and experience, it is common for perpetrators of this type of crime to take a ‘souvenir’ or in some way commemorate the crime scene,” the search warrant reads, noting that “unknown fibers and unidentified hair” were found at the crime scene.
The girls were said to have been found “with no visible signs of a struggle or struggle”.
The search warrant was filed as part of investigators’ efforts to search the property of a man, identified as Ronald Logan, whose home is said to have been just 420 meters from where the bodies of German and Williams were found.
Logan was never officially named as a suspect or charged in the case, and he died in 2020. However, the search warrant makes it clear that investigators had suspicions of his involvement. The documents note that his voice “did not conflict with that of the person in the video.”
It is also alleged that he created a “factually false” alibi to explain where he was at the time of the girls’ disappearance, and that at least 15 leads from members of the public implicated Logan in the murders. Cell phone data is also said to have brought him close to the scene of the crime when the girls went missing.
Court documents show that the search warrant request was granted, but no further details were available about what, if anything, investigators found from Logan’s home.
— Justin Rohrlich contributed to the coverage
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