The Snapchat murders

Two girls possibly recorded their killer on Snapchat before they died.

elphi is a small farming town in Indiana with under 3,000 people currently living there. In this town, people came to raise families and would leave their doors unlocked. Kids walked the streets without much supervision and everyone knew their neighbors. It was the last place you would expect the murder of Abigail Williams and Liberty German to occur.

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Abigail Willaims, who went by Abby, was thirteen, and Liberty German, who went by Libby, was fourteen when they disappeared. The girls went to middle school together and quickly became best friends. They played the saxophone in the schools’ band and they played on the same sports like volleyball and softball. Abby tended to be quieter while Libby was outspoken, and they were perfect friends for one another.

Their disappearance

On February 13th, 2017 the girls were to be taken to the Monon High Bridge trail which is part of the Delphi Historic Trails. This trial is best known for an old train track bridge that goes over a beautiful creek. People are not supposed to walk across the bridge but many still do. That morning the girls did not have school. They were very excited to have the day off and decided to go to the High Bridge to take pictures for social media.

Kelsi German, Libby’s older sister, took the girls to the hiking trail. Kelsi told her sister that she loved her and then left to see her boyfriend at about 1:00 PM. Kelsi would be the last known person to see the two girls alive.

At 2:07 PM Libby posted a picture of Abby on the bridge to Snapchat. Shortly after this, she saved a video of a man walking towards them on the bridge.

The video of the man went viral at the time but this video sadly led to a lot of false accusations.

The girls were supposed to be picked up at 3:30 PM but when Libby’s dad went to pick them up, they never showed. He tried to call her, hoping that the girls had just lost track of time, but he couldn’t get ahold of them. Kelsi was called by her grandma shortly after and her grandma said, “Have you seen Libby?”

The search and discovery

Kelsi and her family went to search for the girls around the area. When the sun started to set and the family hadn’t seen any signs of the girls, they called the police.

Early on, the police assumed that the girls had run away. The next morning a search party formed with family members and several members of the community. Police brought in dogs and drones to help search for the girls and looked everywhere possible. Police did try to track their phones but their phones had been turned off.

On February 14th, their bodies were found by someone in the search party. Their bodies were found about half a mile from the bridge and right on a private property line.

Aftermath

Support flooded in from the community for the family. Kelsi later said in an interview that people brought over so much food that they didn’t know what to do with it. The local school held a candlelight vigil and many flowers were laid out around a memorial.

An autopsy was performed and it was immediately decided that the girls had been murdered.

Along with the video of the creepy man found on Libby’s phone, police also found an audio recording where you can hear a man say,

“Guys, down the hill.”

After that, police found another recording of the girls saying that they thought a man was following them. Police were certain that the girls knew they were in danger and tried to record the man who was following them. However, this recording has not been released to the public along with other videos.

Unfortunately, the murderer of Abby and Libby has still not been found. Police are still receiving hundreds of tips and they do have a few persons of interest in this case. A few of those suspects have been arrested for different charges but police haven’t been able to tie any of them to the crime. The local police had this to say during a press conference.

“To the killer who may be in this room, we believe that you are hiding in plain sight.”

It is important to note that the autopsy reports for the girls have been sealed. We don’t know how they were killed or if they were assaulted. This has been very controversial but people are hopeful that this will help solve the murders quicker.

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