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Family of girl, 13, killed in ‘Delphi Snapchat murder’ welcome update as police probe how ‘catfish’ might be linked to death

The grandfather of a girl killed in an unsolved ‘Snapchat murder’ in Delphi has welcomed an update in the case after police announced they are hunting for the creator of a fake online account. specializes in the care of teenage girls.

Eric Erksin told The Sun he is “grateful” for the potential breakthrough in the investigation, which can finally provide answers about what happened to his niece, 13-year-old Abby Williams and Her best friend is Libby German, 14 years old.

Abby Williams (right), 13, is seen above with her best friend Libby German, 14, in an image taken shortly before their deaths

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Abby Williams (right), 13, is seen above with her best friend Libby German, 14, in an image taken shortly before their deathsCredit: Facebook
Police are looking for someone who created a fake account on social media to groom underage girls using the image of a model.

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Police are looking for someone who created a fake account on social media to groom underage girls using the image of a model.Source: Facebook / Indiana State Police-Lafayette County

Two teenagers were found dead in February 2017 in Delphi, Indiana near Trail on Monon cầu Bridge.

Their killer was never found and the police never revealed how the girls died.

Updates in this case have been few and far between in the years since. However, on Tuesday, Indiana State Police announced that they were looking for the person behind a bogus social media account, called anthony_shots, that they believe may be related to the case.

The profile was active from 2016 to 2017 on several social media platforms, including Instagram and Snapchat, police said.

The bogus account used an image of a known male model and described himself as being extremely rich and owning many sports cars.

‘GRATEFUL’

In a press release, the Indiana State Police said the profile’s creators used their inherent elegance when interacting with underage girls to “proclaim nudity, obtain location only theirs and find a way to meet them.”

Investigators already knew the identity of the male model used by the account in its profile picture, and they were not considered beneficial in the case.

The model’s image is said to have been used without their consent.

Reacting to an update by phone on Tuesday, Erksin told The Sun that although he did not directly hear detectives’ response, he is grateful that authorities are continuing to seek answers. about Abby’s death.

“I’m grateful for that [news release] because it proves that law enforcement is still up and running,” he said.

“That’s all we can ask. And no matter how difficult it is, we just have to let them do it and let them do their job.”

Detectives say they want information on who created the account.

Anyone attempting to meet or contact the anthony_shots record has been asked to contact state police immediately.

“Please provide as much information as possible,” the ministry said in a press release. “For example, when you communicate with anthony_shots, how do you communicate with your profile, what social media app the account used, and whether anthony_shots tries to meet you or get your address.

“If you’ve saved pictures or conversations with your anthony_shots profile, please attach them to your email.”

Police did not specify why they believe the account may be linked to the February 2017 murders of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German.

It is still unclear whether the police believe that two girls met the creator of account.

KILLING NOT RESOLVED

Abigail and Liberty disappeared while walking along the Monon High Bridge Trail in Delphi on February 13, 2017.

Their bodies were found the next day near a river. Police have never revealed how the girls were killed.

Within days of the murder, investigators have released two grainy photos of a suspect walking on the abandoned railway bridge the girls visited.

They also released an audio recording of a man believed to be the suspect saying “down the hill.”

Then, in April 2019, a video was released showing the man suspected of killing the teenagers walking on the abandoned railway bridge the girls had visited.

Relatively few updates have been shared by investigators in the years since.

Police announced in late September that they were moving to a new center to investigate the incident.

Erksin was previously frustrated about the unresolved case to The Sun in October.

He said not knowing what happened to his niece and her best friend “could destroy you.”

“Police share very little information regarding the case and its details and as family members we find that frustrating.

“But we also understand that it has to be that way to maintain the integrity of the case.

“It’s been a while since they released any information.”

‘HOPEFUL’ FAMILY

Regardless of how much time has passed since then The death of Abby and Liberty, Eric said he still hopes their murder will be solved.

“After the girls’ tragedy, the phrase ‘the gods’ got this” was used.

“I fully believe it will be resolved. I’m a believer.

“I may not see judgment and punishment completed in my lifetime.

“But in the end there is judgment. And the person in charge will meet their producer.

“There’s always that sinking feeling. The unknown will eat you, anger, frustration. It can destroy you.

“I get that and I think every member of the family gets that.

“Believe me, not every day is rosy and cheerful. February 13 is very difficult.”

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to send tips to this email address: abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com

Information sent via email is kept confidential and shared only with investigators. The tip line of the phone is (844) 459-5786. Advice is also accepted by the Indiana State Police at (800) 382-7537, or the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department at (765) 564-2413.

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Credit: Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
Photo of the main suspect is seen above

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Photo of the main suspect is seen aboveSource: Indiana State Police
The police also previously revealed the sketch of the suspect

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The police also previously revealed the sketch of the suspectCredit: AP: Associated Press
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