Indiana police are asking for the public’s help after two teenage girls were found dead along a hiking trail.
Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were walking along the Delphi Historic Trails on Feb. 13 before they went missing, the Daily Mail reported. They were dropped off by Liberty’s sister to do some hiking.
Authorities have released an image of a man who was seen in the same area the girls were hiking in that day. He is seen wearing a dark blue jacket and a hat. Police did not identify him as a person of interest.
“We are asking help from the public to help identify him so he can be contacted regarding what he might have seen,” police said in a statement.
Liberty and Abigail started their hike at around 2 p.m. Their families contacted police several hours later after they did not return. Authorities are asking anyone who was near High Bridge Trail on Feb. 13 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to call them, WLFI reported.
“If you can identify the subject or were parked in the lot, please 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,” a police statement read. “You can remain anonymous if you request.”
Police confirmed that they were investigating the case as a double homicide, but would not comment on the exact cause of death of the teens. The Delphi Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and the FBI’s Evidence Recovery Team are all working together in the investigation.
Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Lazenby said they do not believe there is a threat to anyone else in the community.
“At this point in time, we really have no real strong leads on anybody but we’re getting hundreds of tips coming in all the time,” Sgt. Kim Riley, of Indiana State Police, told the Daily Mail on Feb. 15. “We have nobody in suspicion yet.
“There is somebody out there who committed this crime and we are going to track them down.”
“I think people need to be cautious and careful,” Riley added. “Parents should make sure they know where their children are and what their children are doing, and if nothing else, know what’s going on in their lives. That’s the most important thing I can say at this point in time.”
Sources: Daily Mail, WLFI / Photo credit: Snapchat, Facebook, Indiana State Police via Daily Mail