Grandfather: Indiana girl's murder 'has torn a hole in our family'

German's grandfather asks the community to take one minute out of their day to look at the suspect

German's grandfather asks the community to take one minute out of their day to look at the suspect

"I'm glad she had the wherewithal to do that".

The family will make a statement and answer questions from the media during a news conference 10 a.m. Thursday at the Carroll County Courthouse, 101 W. Main Delphi.

The comments Thursday from Mike Patty are the first public statements from the families of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams since the teens were found dead February 14 in woods near Delphi.

The bodies of the teen friends were found by authorities less than a mile from where they were last seen alive. "We're confident of that.And bring justice", Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said of the crime scene.

Patty also read a statement on behalf of the family of the second slain teenager, Williams.

But those girls loved each other. "Throughout this tragedy, we have honored their memory by carrying forward and respecting each other". We respect Libby's family decision to speak publicly at this time, just as they respect our families decision not to speak publicly; family of Abby Williams.

"He's someone's neighbor, coworker, family member, friend, husband or acquaintance", Patty said.

"Just a day all this happened... they had their equipment playing catch, working on their batting in the backyard", he said. "Before they go to bed, when they get up, drop them off for's always, 'I love you'". But Patty said Williams also is deserving of that title.

Liberty "Libby" German used to have a trademark, teasing response when the IN teen's family would ask her to pick up after herself, her grandfather recalls. Two key pieces of evidence released in the case include a photo of a man and an audio recording of a voice saying, "Down the hill". Over the last few weeks, investigators have received thousands of tips and the reward for information continues to grow.

Liberty's grandfather, Mike Patty, spoke alongside his wife Becky, Thursday, during a press conference at the town buildings in Delphi, Indiana.

Authorities are still looking for the man. "Have they changed their manner that seemed a little odd? The silence when we don't hear her voice".

"Both the girls were heroes - they stuck together", Patty said. "Neither one of them left each others' side". He also announced additional donations will be used for a scholarship fund and hopefully a softball field and park in the name of Abby and Libby.

Leazenby also said that every sex offender in Carroll County has been questioned and sex offenders across in have been investigated.

"We are very optimistic that we are going to find a resolve to this case", Perrine said.

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