DELPHI, Ind. — Officers from the Indiana State Police and US Marshals are en route to Delphi, Indiana Monday to join local investigators as they provide an update on a mysterious double homicide that has remained unsolved for more than five years.
Sources tell ABC Indianapolis affiliate WRTV that police are expected to name the suspect during a press conference in Delphi scheduled for 10 a.m. ET. Stream the press conference here.
Best friends Libby German, 14, and Abby Williams, 13, were on a hiking trail in rural Delphi when they were killed in the middle of the day on February 13, 2017.
The shocking murders terrified the small Indiana town and sparked national intrigue. The police never revealed how the girls were killed.
“The state police never really discussed details about what was found at the crime scene, but all along it was believed that there was at least some sort of genetic material,” Brad Garrett, ABC News contributor and former FBI agent. “Obviously they have something that ties him to the crime.”
Local residents told our sister station, WLS, that they had interacted with the suspect on a number of occasions and said the individual reportedly worked at a local pharmacy.
“How did that come to light nearly five years after this crime was committed?” Garret said. “Something has broken in the past few days, at least enough to give them enough probable cause and evidence to arrest this new person.”
The girls’ killer evaded arrest despite thousands of tips being received by police and despite the fact that one of the teenagers, Libby, captured this grainy video showing a man approaching the girls on the day of their disappearance.
Authorities said he could be the killer. Libby also made a chilling recording of what is believed to be the man’s voice.
Libby’s family responded to the update, which is expected later Monday. Her sister Kelsi tweeted: “I just know how grateful I am for you all.”
ABC News contributed to this report.
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