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DELPHI TIMELINE: The search for Libby & Abby's killer

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Posted at 2:26 PM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2023-06-29 07:42:35-04

On February 13, 2017, Liberty "Libby" German and Abigail "Abby" Williams went for a hike near the Monon High Bridge in Delphi, Indiana.

It was the last time they would be seen alive.

The search for their killer continues.

Here's a look at what has happened since that day.

Monday, February 13, 2017: The Day the Girls Went Missing

1:30 p.m. Liberty "Libby" German and Abigail "Abby" Williams were dropped off to go hiking near Monon High Bridge just east of Delphi, according to family.

2:07 p.m. Libby posted a photo on her Snapchat account showing Abby walking across the old railroad bridge.
This was the last time anyone heard from the girls.

Between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The girls had a set time to meet with family members to be picked up. When family showed up to get them they were nowhere to be found. Family began canvasing the area for Libby and Abby but could not locate them.

5:30 p.m. After family could not locate the girls they contacted the Carroll County Sheriff's Department. The Carroll County Sheriff's Department, Delphi Police Department, and Delphi Fire Department were joined by the Department of Natural Resources to search for the two missing girls.

Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said crews began canvassing the area and tried pinging the girls' cell phones into the evening hours but had no success in finding them. The sheriff said they believed the girls' phones were either dead or turned off.

11:45 p.m. The search was called off just before midnight. Family members continued to scour the area searching for Libby & Abby. At this point in time, Sheriff Laezenby told WRTV they had no reason to believe that the girls were in imminent danger and crews would resume their search in the morning.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017: The Day the Girls Were Found

10 a.m. All crews were called to the area near the Monon High Bridge to resume their search for Libby & Abby.

12:45 p.m. The Delphi Fire Chief announced that they had found Libby and Abby, calling the discovery "not good."

1:50 p.m. Indiana State Police PIO Kim Riley, Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby and Delphi Police Chief Steve Mullins hold a joint press conference to announce two bodies were found while crews were searching for Libby and Abby. At this time the bodies were not officially identified, but search efforts were officially 'scaled back.'

February 15, 2017

2:33 p.m. Authorities positively identify the two bodies found Tuesday as Abigail Williams and Liberty German during a press conference held in Delphi. Autopsies were performed earlier that day in Terre Haute, according to authorities.

6:50 p.m. Indiana State Police release a photo of a man they believe was on the Delphi Historic Trail around the time that Abigail Williams and Liberty German were there. ISP announces they want to speak with the man pictured or anyone parked in the lot near the bridge about what they may have saw.

February 16, 2017
A search warrant was issued at a home on Bicycle Bridge Road. Police spent at least two hours taking photos and collecting evidence from the scene. No arrests were made.

February 17, 2017
Hundreds of investigators join the search for Libby & Abby’s killer.

February 18, 2017
Thousands of people said goodbye to Libby & Abbyduring a public visitation for family and friends held at Delphi High School.

February 19, 2017
The man in the photo is officially named a “prime suspect” in Abby and Libby’s murders.

February 22, 2017
FBI and the Indiana State Police held a press conference, releasing audio from the day they were killed. Investigators say both the image and audio came from Libby’s cell phone. She's been heralded as a hero for recording the video.

DELPHI: Do you recognize this man or this voice?

You can also listen to that audio here.

February 23. 2017
The Delphi Murder Tip Line was routed to the FBI's Major Case Contract Center in Washington, D.C because of the sheer number of calls they were receiving. The tip line number is 1-844-459-5786.

The FBI also announced that it is utilizing approximately 6,000 electronic billboards in 46 states to solicit information on the case.

February 24, 2017
Community members begin to “Light up Delphi” by installing orange lights in their porch lights as a tribute to the girls.

February 25, 2017
Investigators moved to a larger headquarters. ISP said the move was made to accommodate the city of Delphi, who has to use their building to conduct everyday business.

February 27, 2017
The reward being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case of two murdered girls from Delphi increased to $96,000 thanks to donations from the community and local businesses.

March 1, 2017
Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee and team owner Jim Irsay donated $97,000 to the reward fund to find the person who killed Abigail Williams and Libby German.

The donation pushed the reward up to $200,000.

Also that day, the families of Liberty German and Abigail Williams toured the Delphi investigation headquarters. Abigail William’s grandparents leave a message of encouragement for police on the board at the new Delphi headquarters.

March 2, 2017
‘Singing Contractors” release an emotional tribute to Libby and Abby to draw more attention to the investigation.

March 8, 2017
Trail Safety Task Force formed to help improve the safety along the Delphi Historic Trails where Libby and Abby were hiking when they first went missing.

March 9, 2017
Liberty German’s grandfather, Mike Patty, spoke to the media for the first time since the murders. Mike Patty talked about who the girls were, their love of softball and the family’s desire to find their killer.

Indiana State Police also announced that the reward has grown to over $220,000 and they are looking into over 11,000 tips in the case.

March 16, 2017
State and federal authorities execute a search warrant at the home of the Carroll County man who owns the property where two teenage girls were found murdered. The property owner, Ron Logan, was never named a suspect in the girls’ murders. They called the search a “normal part of the investigation.”

March 23, 2017
Abby’s family speaks for the first time since the girls were murdered. Lucy Hubbard, Abby’s great-aunt, was the first member to speak out about who her niece was and their search for the killer.

April 13, 2017
2 Months: 16,000 tips and over 500 interviews later still no suspects in Libby & Abby’s murders

April 25, 2017
The case’s lead investigator speaks with Call 6 Investigates for the first time. After almost three months, 16,000 tips and 500 interviews, Delphi murder investigators admit it's been hard, but they're just as confident as they were on Day 1 that they'll find who killed Libby and Abby. State Police's First Sgt. Jerry Holeman sits down with Call 6 Investigates' Paris Lewbel to talk about the investigation.

April 27, 2017
Family of Libby & Abby sit down with RTV6 for the first intimate interview since the two teens were murdered.
Delphi Daughters: The Untold Stories of Libby & Abby aired on RTV6.

WATCH: The untold story of Delphi's Libby & Abby

The family announces they will be building a sports complex in honor of the girls. The location and full details were not yet released.

July 15, 2017
The first memorial softball tournament was held in honor of Libby and Abby. Proceeds from that tournament will go toward the building of a sports complex in their memory.

July 17, 2017
Investigators with the Indiana State Police released a composite sketch of the suspect in the murders of Abby Williams and Libby German back in February.

The composite sketch was created after state police received new information from witnesses along the trail.

August 26, 2017
Family members of Libby & Abby unveil the location and details of the new sports complex that will be built in their memory at the annual Delphi Bacon Festival.

September 25, 2017
Libby & Abby’s families begin new efforts to find the killer, including a Facebook page and reaching out to national networks for coverage.

September 28, 2017
Indiana State Police were contacted by a sheriff’s department in Colorado about similarities in their case against Daniel Nations and the Delphi murders. Daniel Nations was officially declared a ‘person of interest’ in the case.

September 29, 2017
Detectives working the Delphi investigation travel to Colorado to interview Daniel Nations and “collect evidence” to try to determine if he has any connection with the Delphi murders.

October 17, 2017
The murders of Libby & Abby got national attention when family members spoke with Nancy Grace and discussed the case on the Dr. Oz show.

December 13, 2017
The families of Libby & Abby appear on the Dr. Phil show to talk about the unsolved case. Following that appearance, investigators say their tips jumped more than 500 percent.

December 25, 2017
Christmas in Delphi was tough for the families of Libby and Abby, but it didn’t go uncelebrated.

“It’s been hard, we had a conversation a few weeks ago about whether or not we were going to put a tree up at home,” said Anna Williams.

January 8, 2018
Indiana State Police say the base of operations for the Delphi investigation will move back to its original location at City Hall.

January 24, 2018
An extraditable warrant was served on Daniel Nations for unrelated felony charges in Johnson County Indiana. At this time, Nations is the only man that has been named a ‘person of interest’ in the murders of Libby and Abby.

February 4, 2018
Daniel Nations arrives back in Indiana and is placed in a Johnson County jail on a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender. The charge is not related to the Delphi investigation, but he is still the only named ‘person of interest in the case.’

February 13, 2018 - One Year
Libby and Abby’s killer has still not been captured.

Police hold a press conference to mark one-year since their murders.

After one year, more than 30,000 tips have come in and the reward has shot to over $240,000.

Investigators have interviewed thousands of potential suspects and around two-dozen people have been arrested on unrelated charges from those interviews.

Indiana State Police have not cleared Daniel Nations but they say he is “not someone we care a whole lot about at this time.”

February 13, 2019 - Two Years
Libby and Abby's killer has still not been captured.

Investigators hold a press conference to remind the public that the case is not cold and offer suggestions on what types of tips they need.

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April 22, 2019
Investigators hold a press conference to provide a "significant update" on the case.

At the press conference, investigators release a new sketch of the suspect, new audio of the suspect speaking and new video of the suspect walking.

READ | Why are the sketches so different?

June 6, 2019
The families of Libby & Abby along with ISP Sgt. Kim Riley travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to take part in a panel for CrimeCon 2019.

July 10, 2019
Kelsi German held a live chat debunking rumors circulating on social media about her family and the girls' murders.

Feb. 25, 2020
The families of Libby & Abby appear on the Dr. Oz show a second time to share their story.

April 27, 2021
Investigators begin "looking into" James Chadwell II after he was arrested and accused of kidnapping and beating a young girl in Lafayette.

Dec. 6, 2021
ISP asks for information about about a social media account with the profile name anthony_shots in connection with the Delphi killings.

Feb. 10, 2022
Supt. Doug Carter talks to WRTV and says he believes the case could be solved before he retires in less than three years. "Three years, two years 11 months," Carter said. "It could be today. We continue to move in a positive direction."

Oct. 26, 2022

On Oct. 26, law enforcement arrested 50-year-old Richard Allen of Delphi.

Allen was formally charged with murder on October 28.

Nov. 29, 2022

Special judge Fran Gull ordered the unsealing of redacted court documents that outline what led to the arrest and charges against Richard Allen.

June 25, 2023

Trial dates are set for multiple weeks in January 2024.

June 28, 2023

Special judge Fran Gull ordered the unsealing of more than 280 pages of court documents to the public. Details outline the manner of death of Libby German and Abby Williams.

In the documents we learn that Richard Allen, on five occasions, has admitted on phone calls to the crimes.