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Police: Man in photos now ‘main suspect’ in deaths of 2 girls

The bodies of Abigail Williams, 13 (left), and Liberty German, 14, were found Tuesday in Delphi, Indiana. | Photo courtesy WRTV-TV

DELPHI, Ind. — A man photographed walking along a northern Indiana trail system around the time two teenage girls, later found slain, were dropped off by a relative is now considered “the main suspect” in their killings, State Police said Sunday.

The unidentified man previously had been considered a person whom authorities wanted to speak to in their investigation of the killings of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams.

“He’s not just someone we want to talk to; we consider him a suspect in these murders,” Sgt. Tony Slocum said Sunday. “We’re officially calling him a suspect versus a subject we’re looking to speak to. He’s going to be our main suspect at this time.”

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The girls’ bodies were found Tuesday about a quarter of a mile from an abandoned railroad bridge that’s part of a trail system where the teens had planned to go hiking during a day off school in Delphi, a community of about 3,000 people about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Indiana State Police released a photo that shows a man walking along the trail system in Delphi, Indiana on Monday. Authorities want to talk to the man in connection with the killing of two teenage girls. | Indiana State Police via AP

Indiana State Police released a photo that shows a man walking along the trail system in Delphi, Indiana on Monday. Authorities want to talk to the man in connection with the killing of two teenage girls. | Indiana State Police via AP

Their deaths have been ruled a double-homicide, but authorities have not disclosed how the girls died.

Slocum said the fact that the man hasn’t contacted authorities in the days since two photos of him were released is just a tiny part of what led them to describe him as a suspect.

“That doesn’t make him a suspect by not contacting us. It’s the totality of the evidence we’ve been developing so far that leads us to that,” he said.

Slocum is urging the public to call police with tips about the man. Police on Wednesday released two photos of the man walking along the city of Delphi’s trail system on Monday around the time the girls were dropped off.

On Saturday, a large crowd filled Delphi Community High School for a memorial honoring the two girls. A line of mourners wrapped around the school as people waited to enter the building.

Private funeral services for the teens were scheduled for Sunday.