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Sister of Delphi murder victim holds out hope her sibling’s killer will be found in 2021

The older sister of Libby German, one of the two girls who were murdered in Delphi, Indiana, in 2017, is hoping that 2021 will be the year the the killer is finally caught. 

Kelsi German took to Twitter on Sunday to wish her younger sister ‘a happy heavenly birthday.’ Liberty ‘Libby’ German would have turned 18 year old on that day.   

‘You’re having the most glorious birthday, but we wish you were here celebrating with us. I miss you tons,’ Kelsi wrote. ‘Praying 2021 is the year. #abbyandlibby #letssolvethis.’

Kelsi German wished her murdered younger sister, Liberty ‘Libby’ German, a ‘happy heavenly birthday’ on December 27, when she would have turned 18 

Libby German

Abby Williams

Libby German (left) was 14 years old when she and her friend, 13-year-old Abigail ‘Abby’ Williams (right), were kidnapped and killed in Delphi, Indiana, in February 2017 

This man in blue jeans and a blue jacket is believed to be a suspect in the girls' murders

This man in blue jeans and a blue jacket is believed to be a suspect in the girls’ murders 

Kelsi has been studying forensic psychology at Purdue University in the hopes of tracking down the person who kidnapped and killed her then-14-year-old sister and her 13-year-old friend, Abigail ‘Abby’ Williams, as the girls were walking over an abandoned railroad bridge in Delphi in February 2017. 

A photo of a man in blue jeans and a blue jacket believed to be the girls’ killer were found on Libby’s phone, along with audio recording on which the suspect is heard saying, ‘Down the hill.’  

Nearly four years after the double homicide, no suspects have been named and no arrests have been made, but officials with the Indiana State Police have repeatedly insisted that the murders have not turned into a ‘cold case.’ 

‘We’re still working very hard on this case. It’s not something that we’ve put off. It’s not a cold case,’ Sgt. Kim Riley, of the Lafayette Post of the Indiana State Police, said in February of this year.  

A memorial park dedicated to Libby and Abby is scheduled to open in Delphi early next year. 

‘We’ve always said this is a legacy of life,’ Diane Erskin, Abby’s grandmother, told WTHR this month. ‘We don’t want headstones. That’s not what we had planned for them. Plans of life and growing up, and so they’re not going to be here physically, but spiritually and emotionally. This will be the place where we think of Abby and Libby the most, I think.’ 

Libby and Abby were hiking on the Monon High Bridge, an abandoned rail bridge over Deer Creek in Delphi, Indiana, on February 13, 2017, when they were vanished

Libby and Abby were hiking on the Monon High Bridge, an abandoned rail bridge over Deer Creek in Delphi, Indiana, on February 13, 2017, when they were vanished 

Video found on Libby's phone showed the suspect walking in the area

Audio recording captured a man's voice saying, 'Down the hill'

Video found on Libby’s phone showed the suspect walking in the area. Audio recording captured a man’s voice saying, ‘Down the hill’ 

On February 13, 2017, at approximately 1pm, Kelsi German dropped off her sister and Abby near the Monon High Bridge, an abandoned rail bridge over Deer Creek to walk around and hang out. 

They were to be picked up later in the afternoon, but did not show up there at the previously arranged time and were reported missing. Less than 24 hours later, the girls’ bodies were found in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, approximately one-half mile upstream from the bridge.

The following day, law enforcement officers released a grainy photo of the unidentified man in the blue jacket walking on the Delphi Historic Trail. 

Kelsi German, Libby's sister, has been studying forensic psychology to help catch the killer

Kelsi German, Libby’s sister, has been studying forensic psychology to help catch the killer

Libby had posted photos of herself on Snapchat walking on the bridge on the day she and Abby vanished.

Authorities also released the ‘down the hill’ audio recording, which Kelsi said she had listened to on repeat and was convinced the man’s voice sounded familiar.

The images and audio came from Liberty’s cellphone and police hailed her as a hero for recording the potentially crucial evidence.


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