Mother Reflects on Delphi Killings: ‘We Know It’s Still a Very Active Case’

The mother of one of the two teenage girls who were killed in Delphi, Indiana in 2017 recently reflected on the unsolved deaths as the five-year anniversary approaches, saying that “we know it’s still a very active case.”

“[Law enforcement] is still going through tips, they’re still getting tips in and we’re very grateful that they’re continuing to push forward with our case, even after five years,” Anna Williams, the mother of 13-year-old Abigail Williams, who was killed in 2017, told Newsweek on Thursday.

The comments by Williams come ahead of the five-year anniversary of the Delphi killings where Abby Williams and her friend, 14-year-old Liberty German, went missing on February 13, 2017 and were found dead a day later near the Delphi Historic Trail. The case has remained unsolved for the past five years and on Thursday, the sheriff of Indiana’s Carroll County stressed: “that the investigation is still quite active and is NOT a cold case.”

In 2017, Williams and German were dropped off near a bridge in the Delphi Historic Trail, but they never returned to the pre-arranged pick-up spot, according to the Indiana State Police.

While speaking with Newsweek, Anna Williams said that both her daughter and German had visited the bridge and the trail in the past but believed that February 13, 2017 was the first time the two had gone there together.

Over the past five years, police have continued to investigate the killings, releasing a photo, a video and a sketch of a possible suspect who police believed could have possibly been responsible for the girls’ deaths. Despite the information released and tips police have received, officials have yet to make any arrests related to the incident. However, Williams said that she believes law enforcement officials have continued to do a “great job” handling this case.

“I’m not an investigator and I don’t have time to be an investigator,” Williams said. “I’m sure whatever they are doing is how it needs to be done because I wouldn’t have the first clue. They’re doing a great job.”

“I believe [law enforcement] has done the very best they can,” Williams continued. “I don’t think they’ve showed everything obviously because they’ve told us they haven’t showed everything…I have to believe that they know what they’re doing so, I’m good with what they’re doing.”

Williams also spoke about her daughter, saying that she was a “bright, kind-hearted child,” and that she “loved to help her family members, generally without even being asked.”

“She just wanted to help and be involved,” Williams said.

Police have asked the public’s help for information regarding a social media profile, identified as “Anthony_Shots” who they said allegedly used fake accounts to talk with juvenile females.

In addition to praising the police’s handling of the case, Williams also thanked those who have helped to keep her daughter’s story alive over the past five years.

“We ask that if they see something, say something, call the tip line, email, text anonymously, however they want to do it and continue to share posters with the information,” she said. “Hopefully that last piece of the puzzle comes together.”

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The mother of a teenage girl killed in Delphi, Indiana five years ago recently spoke to Newsweek and said that she believes the unsolved case is still “very active.” Above, police tape hangs across the street in front of a house in Park City, Kansas, on February 26, 2005.
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