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State Police: 'Please don't spread rumors' in Delphi investigation

Posted at 7:00 PM, Mar 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 04:56:44-05

DELPHI, Ind. -- Police in Delphi have a message about the investigation into the murders of two girls: Stop spreading rumors.

The deaths of Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, have been thrust into the national spotlight - and while police continue to search for the girls' killer, people are coming up with their own theories about who did it. 

The most recent rumor spreading on social media suggests that a serial killer murdered the girls. 

Indiana State Police Sergeant John Perrine said there is no evidence to suggest that there is any truth to that rumor.  

“I think people want answers and I think they’re trying to connect the dots themselves and they’re speculating and jumping to conclusions,” said Sgt. Perrine. “Right now, we don’t have any information that connects this case in Delphi to any other case that’s going on right now – or any past case.”

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Indiana State Police have already had to debunk various arrest rumors, false information and even unverified “suspect sketches."

Libby and Abby went missing on February 13 near the Monon High Bridge. Their bodies were found the next day less than a mile from where they were last seen alive. 

More than 10,000 tips have come in regarding the girls' deaths, but ISP continues to wrestle with people playing detective and spreading false narratives about developments in the case.

"The facts will come out. Those facts will come from us, and they’ll come from reliable news sources,” said Sgt. Perrine.

The reward being offered for information leading to an arrest in the girls' murders was raised to nearly $220,000 on Monday. 

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If you would like to donate to the reward fund, you can mail a check to the Indiana State Police Alliance, 1415 Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46203. Put "Delphi Reward" on the memo line of your check

Indiana State Police released a picture of a suspect, which was taken by Liberty on her cell phone. She also captured a man's voice saying "down the hill" during what police call "criminal activity." You can listen to that recording and see the photo below.

Indiana State Police ask anyone who recognizes the man or the voice, or who may have any other information, to call the Tip Line at (844) 459-5786 or 1-800-225-5324 (800-Call FBI). Tips can also be emailed to Information can be reported anonymously.

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