Tennessee sheriff corrects statement, says Delphi suspect not seen in the state

Posted at 8:46 AM, Jan 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-15 22:01:37-05

BLEDSOE COUNTY, Tenn. -- A Facebook post from a Tennessee sheriff led to confusion Monday about the search for a suspect in the murders of two Delphi, Indiana teens.

The Bledsoe County Sheriff Department posted on Facebook Monday morning that authorities are searching some Tennessee counties, including Bledsoe County, for suspects in the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German.

Williams and German went missing while hiking along the Monon High Bridge on February 13, 2017. The girls' bodies were found the next day and the families, law enforcement and their community have spent the last 11 months trying to find the person responsible. 

The first Facebook post from the Bledsoe County Sheriff's Department has since been deleted. A new one says, "To Clarify this suspect HAS NOT BEEN SEEN IN BLEDSOE COUNTY or any other counties in Tn. It is a nationwide search."

Indiana State Police sent out a news release, saying the search is nationwide.

"The timing of the original Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department Facebook post and the live airing on the Megyn Kelly TODAY show resulted in misinformation being shared on the show and the purpose of this release is to correct the inadvertent misinformation."

Read both the new Facebook post and the deleted one below.

Neither the FBI nor Indiana State Police would comment about the search area. 

Call 6 Investigates has learned that investigators in the Delphi case followed up on a tip and made contact with a sheriff's department in Tennessee. Investigators have followed up on many tips across the country during the course of the investigation. 


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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