DELPHI, Ind. -- As another month passes by without an arrest in the double murder of two teens in Delphi earlier this year, investigators continue to consider any connection a man arrested in Colorado could have to the case – but Daniel Nation’s wife says she “doubts” he was involved in the murders.
Daniel was arrested September 25 in Colorado Springs after police there matched his vehicle and description to a man who had been threatening hikers with a hatchet on the same trail where a man was shot and killed two weeks earlier.
Speaking to the Colorado Gazette this week, Daniel’s wife, Katelyn, said she ‘doubts’ he had anything to do with the murders of Libby and Abby. She also said she knows he never owned the jacket pictured in the image taken from Libby’s cell phone that day.
READ | Who is Daniel Nations?
Katelyn said her husband “snapped” after they moved to Colorado, following the death of Daniel’s brother Edward Lyles earlier this year, and that his temper has gotten increasingly worse.
“I’m still afraid of him,” Katelyn told the Colorado Gazette. “He makes me nervous.”
But despite his anger issues, she said she isn't sure Daniel could be behind the murders.
Katelyn also said she "thinks" he was with her at her doctor's appointment.
"I can't say what time it was," she told the newspaper. "And there were a couple (appointments) that he didn't go to, but I always had the vehicle. "
After his arrest in Colorado, police there contacted Indiana State Police about possible connections between their case and the Delphi murders.
Since that day, a flurry of information and speculation has surrounded Daniel Nations. Indiana State Police called Daniel a "person of interest" in the Delphi murder and even traveled to Colorado to interview him That interview seemed to leave the public with more questions than answers after state police said they could neither connect Nations or clear him from the murders.
Daniel is a convicted sex offender with numerous charges out of multiple Indiana counties. He was arrested in Morgan County just 10 days after Libby and Abby were murdered.
The information about whether he’s connected to that crime, though, rests in the hands of Indiana State Police.
The Murders of Libby & Abby
Libby and Abby went missing while hiking near the Monon High Bridge on February 13. Their bodies were found the next morning in a wooded area, less than a mile from where they were last seen alive.
State and local police along with the FBI have been searching for their killer ever since.
Investigators released two photos and an audio clip taken from Libby's cell phone on the day that she died of the person they are calling the main suspect in the girls' deaths.
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 Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com. Information can be reported anonymously.
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