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Journal and Courier from Lafayette, Indiana • A6

Lafayette, Indiana
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6A Journal Courier lice published two photos of a man who had been photographed Monday near High Bridge about the same time the girls were walking in the area. They asked anyone who recognized the man to call the Carroll County Office and Delphi police at 765-564-2413. Indiana State Police can be reached at 765-567-2125. If the topic of a killer on the streets was uncomfortable for Bohnert and his friends, who live in eastern Tippecanoe County, imagine how news about finding the missing girls dead hit Ron Logan. He owns the land behind the cemetery where the girls were found.

have anyone murdered on your property I know what my feelings are right now. It caught me by Logan said, recalling how the past two days have been filled with people first the police, then the reporters asking him questions upon questions. really had a chance to let it soak Logan said after abrief pause to think about the events. know the Logan confirmed comments that the only way back to the hilly terrain between the cemetery and the creek is by foot. He also said schools were out Thursday, Friday and Monday for winter break, which explains why German and Williams were free to roam the trails.

Logan shared happy memories of his son playing along the creek behind his house. kids grew up in this Logan said. went back there with his schoolmates. went back there fishing and playing in the creek. Grace of God, it happen to He paused for a second then said, is a different Riley and Leazenby refused to elaborate Wednesday about the deaths or any injuries discovered to the bodies during the autopsies in Terre Haute.

This is the first double homicide since the 1990s, and the first child homicide in Carroll County that Leazenby can remember and been a deputy since 1986. Police asked for the help. Anyone who was on the trail on Monday afternoon or took pictures while on the trails is asked to contact police and sharetheir photographs, Riley said. During Wednesday news conference, Riley said this tight-knit community flooded police with leads after the bodies were found near Deer Creekon Tuesday, police said. now, we are following up on hundreds of leads that have come Riley said.

People from the community here created a Facebook pageto discuss the disturbing turn of events. One photo posted on the Face- book pageshows what appears to be German or Williams walking across High Bridge and has two circles indicating that there are people following the girl in the photo. It is not clear when the picture was taken, although it appears to be recent since there are no leaves on the trees. German and Williams were dropped off near the High Bridge about 1 p.m. Monday, but they return when family members planned to pick them up.

The girls were reported missing at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Search parties combed the area Monday until dark and resumed Tuesday morning. About 12:15 p.m., volunteer searchers found two bodies about 50 feet north of the Deer Creek upstream from the High Bridge, Riley said. Asked why an Amber Alert was not issued, Riley said this particular case did not fit the criteria for an alert.

if we would have put an Amber Alert out, it have done this case any Riley said. short period of time and the location where the bodies were found, it would not have helped us in finding he explained. Investigators were back at the crime scene Wednesday east of the cemetery on Carroll County Road 300 North. People in dive suits could be seen from the road, and police dogs were visible from the road, too. Riley and Leazenby declined to elaborate on what they were doing, other than to say they were gathering evidence.

breaking news reporter Ron Wilkins can be reached at 765-420-5231; follow on Twitter DELPHI Continued from Page 1A RON COURIER This is the trail that Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, started out on Monday afternoon. They were killed while on their hike, according to police. RON COURIER Divers in red dry suits discuss the next step in the investigation of two bodies found near a cemetery in Carroll County. Autopsies were being performed as investigators continued their work at the scene. INDIANA STATE POLICE Indiana State Police ask that anyone who recognizes this man walking near High Bridge call police..

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