An update Wednesday on the now-two-year-old murders of two Carroll County girls, Liberty German and Abigail Williams, gave little information suggesting authorities are any closer to catching the killer.
Newly-elected county prosecutor Nick McLeland was tight-lipped about the case. Though he outlined information that could be included in what he’d consider a “good” tip, McLeland declined to comment on how many of the more than 38,000 tips received in the last 24 months meet the threshold.
McLeland did allude to one hindrance in the case – people using social media to act as amateur sleuths.
“I would encourage people not to do side-by-side comparisons on social media or not to state that they have a tip on social media, whether it be Facebook or Instagram or Twitter or whatever it may be," McLeland says. "That just muddies the water and hurts the investigation.”
The case is one of two high-profile death investigations county authorities have been unable to solve, along with a 2016 arson in the small town of Flora that killed four girls and for whom no one has been arrested.
Without any new information to share, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter was asked what message he’d send to German and Williams’ killer.
“If you’re watching, we are coming," Carter repeated. "This county of Carroll and all that’s happened here and all of the sadness associated with this county is unacceptable in a civilized society.”
A reward of more than $225,000 is still available for information leading to the conviction of the murderer.