DELPHI — One year later, ribbons with the girls’ favorite colors, purple and teal, still hang in downtown Delphi.
This is a community that hasn’t forgotten or given up hope police will find the girls’ killer soon.
One year after Libby German and Abby Williams disappeared while walking on a wooded trail near Delphi, the people who knew and loved them celebrated the girls’ lives at a local church.
The candlelight vigil came just hours after investigators held a news conference at the trail where the girls went hiking on a sunny day last February and were never seen alive again.
“It’s personal to me because these two young ladies were everybody’s daughter,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. He said despite no arrests, the case is far from cold.
“I believe we are one puzzle piece away from figuring out who this individual is. Then the real work begins,” said Carter.
Early on in the investigation, some of that puzzle came together with a photo police say is the killer, along with audio of his voice saying “down the hill.”
Investigators say Libby captured both on her cell phone the day the girls were killed.
Still, despite 30,000 tips, 1,000 persons of interest, a detailed sketch and a $225,000 reward, Abby and Libby’s killer is still out there.
“I know people are frustrated and I feel like some of the stuff I read, ‘How is it taking this long,'” Anna Williams, Abby’s mom said she thinks others are asking themselves.
“Nobody ever believed it would take this long and it has, and we don’t understand why. We’re not happy about it. It would be nice for this part to be over, but it’s not yet. And we will wait as long as it takes,” she said.
Carrie Timons, Libby’s mom, lives in Kentucky but came to Delphi for the anniversary of the girls’ murders. She asked people to stay vigilant and if they had a tip to call it in to investigators.
The girls’ families pray for answers while honoring their memories with projects like the Abby and Libby Memorial Park.
Investigators believe someone out there knows who the person responsible is and just needs to come forward.