Newly released sketch of Delphi suspect was drawn days after murders, source says

DELPHI, Ind. – A source tells CBS4 that the sketch of the Delphi murder suspect released on Monday was actually drawn in 2017.

Our news-gathering partners at the IndyStar confirmed the sketch artist drew the sketch on February 17, 2017. That’s three days after the bodies of Abby Williams and Libby German were discovered.

Newly released sketch of Delphi suspect

It’s unclear at this time why the sketch has been withheld. CBS4 is working to gather additional details.

The sketch was released by Indiana State Police during a press conference on Monday. Officers also released new video, audio and information regarding the double murder case.

ISP Superintendent Doug Carter said the investigation has shifted in direction. They now believe they're looking for someone who lives in Delphi or used to live in the city.

Carter also said investigators were looking for the owner of a vehicle found abandoned on the east side of County Road 300 North next to the Hoosier Heartland Highway between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. The vehicle was parked at the old CPS/DCS/Welfare building, police said.

Carter said the suspect is between the ages of 18 and 40 and may look younger than his true age.

ISP said these points are important to keep in mind about the two sketches:

  • They are not the same person
  • The person depicted in the originally released sketch is not presently a person of interest in this investigation
  • The sketch released on April 22nd is representative of the face of the person captured in the video on Liberty German’s cell phone as he was walking on the high bridge
  • The person in the sketch released April 22nd is described as having a youthful appearance, but could fall in the age range from his 20’s to late 30’s
  • This person’s appearance could look different today if he has grown a mustache, beard or let his hair grow longer or cut his hair shorter than depicted in the sketch

Anyone with tips can call the tip line at 844-459-5786 or send an email to abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com.

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