DELPHI, Ind. – Indiana State Police want to emphasize that there have been no arrests in the case of two murdered Delphi teens, and they’re urging the public not to jump to conclusions and spread rumors.
“Naming suspects on social media is a dangerous game to play,” said ISP Sgt. Tony Slocum.
The bodies of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abby Williams were found two weeks ago, and investigators have been working around the clock to find their killer.
While some people say the whispered conversations about the teens’ murders have grown quieter, law enforcement has seen the speculation on social media get louder than ever.
With rumors of an arrest swirling on social media Tuesday, state police felt forced to put out tweets, Facebook messages and press releases to set the record straight, stating no arrests have been made.
This came after hundreds, maybe thousands, of people saw posts pointing to a couple people as the potential people arrested.
“No one wants to be blamed for a double homicide, especially when there are no facts to back it up,” said Slocum.
ISP says as the case proceeds investigators will continue to talk with potential witnesses, suspects and anyone they believe might have information about the case.
Carroll County Prosecutor Robert Ives believes some people may believe these standard investigative practices mean a high probability of guilt.
“We ask people not to make judgements or draw conclusions based on the fact that some building is searched or even a person comes in for questioning,” said Ives. “They are questioning dozens and dozens, hundreds of people really.”
ISP released the following statement on Tuesday: “If the public observes officers working on this case, they are asked not to jump to conclusions, nor identify a person as a suspect without facts to back up the claims. It is not fair to that person.”
“I think their hearts are definitely in the right place,” said Delphi resident Tracy Claiborne. “I don’t think they’re doing it as malice or to get anybody in trouble. I just think sometimes it gets ahead of people.”
Police continue to urge anyone that may have tips to contribute to the investigation to call the Delphi Murder Tip Line toll free at 844-459-5786 or email tips to email@example.com.
“I think the consensus around town is that the professionals are trying to do what they can and this person will be eventually caught,” said Claiborne. “He may be hiding, but he’s not going to be able to hide forever.”