It’s been five years since the Delphi murders shook an Indiana town, and family says they’re still holding out hope that the case will be solved.
Abigail “Abby” Williams, 13, and Liberty “Libby” German disappeared from the Delphi Historic trails while taking an afternoon stroll on Feb. 13, 2018, as previously reported. The bodies of the two friends were found the next day, about half a mile away.
The case garnered widespread coverage, in part because Libby German used her cell phone to capture the suspect, who can be heard saying, “down the hill,” in a clip released by the FBI. There have been more than 40,000 tips in the case since 2017, most recently the identification of Kegan Kline by the as a catfish who allegedly lured minor girls into sending nude photos and meeting him for sex.
Kelsi German, Liberty’s sister, tells Source anytime investigators release new information on the case, “that’s a new piece of hope, you could say. We are all hopeful that it means something, and we will continue to share the information the police ask us to share.”
Days after Liberty and Abigail’s deaths, authorities released photos that had been taken from Liberty’s phone that showed a man on the trail, walking behind them. A brief audio clip of his voice — also pulled from the girl’s phone — and a police sketch of the unidentified man were also released.
Despite the update, police have not definitively named Kline a suspect in the double murder.
Kelsi German, who has long been the voice in her sister’s murder, told Source she’s not sure what role Kline has, if any, in the girls’ murders.
“They never told us how or if he’s connected,” said German. “I’m not sure this guy is the guy, but they are looking hard into this account. For whatever reason, they think the account is important.”
Last December, the Indiana State Police announced they’d uncovered a phony profile of a man who used the name “anthony_shots” as part of their murder investigation. The catfish used photos of a male model and was active on social media between 2016 and 2017.
“The fictitious anthony_shots profile used images of a known male model and portrayed himself as being extremely wealthy and owning numerous sports cars,” said Public Information Officer Sgt. Jeremy Piers. “The creator of the fictitious profile used this information while communicating with juvenile females to solicit nude photos, obtain their addresses, and attempt to meet them.”
Kline admitted to being the man behind the profile.
Last Thursday, as the fifth anniversary of the girls’ murders approached, authorities with the Indiana State Police said they remain dedicated to solving the case. They’re keeping the anthony_shots profile on the front burner, asking that anyone with information come forward.
“I think right now our focus is to continue to share anthony_shots’ profile,” Kelsi German continued. “And ask people that if they have had any connection with that account, that they come forward and let police know so they can get all of the information possible to get us where we need to be.”
Kline was arrested in 2020, three years after police executed a search warrant and allegedly found sexually explicit pictures and videos of minors in his possession. The 2017 charges were part of a “secondary investigation” in Williams and German’s case, and authorities could not explain why three years had elapsed since their discovery and Kline’s 2020 arrest.
Kelsi German, however, told Source that she still has faith in the investigators on the case.
“We hold a lot of faith in our detectives because they do constantly tell us they are working as hard as they possibly can, using all of their resources, and we trust them in that,” said German. “We are able to get updates from them, which is helpful to us. The fact that they are releasing information, that they’re talking about the case, let us know they’re working on it… it gives us a continued hope this will be the year for justice.”
On Thursday, Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby emphasized that the Delphi murders will not grow cold.
Kelsi, who graduates from Purdue University in May and heads down the altar in June, can’t help but hold on to hope, she says.
“We continue to diligently seek the justice so honorably owed to Abby, Libby, their respective families, and our dedicated, local community,” said Leazenby. “To that end, I want to stress that the investigation is still quite active and is NOT a cold case. We also continue to encourage the submission of valid and valuable information which will help us to attain the goal of justice for our precious Abby and Libby.”