As I grow older, a year takes less time to creep by than it used to. I know it is the same 525,600 minutes it has always been. There is just something about life going by at breakneck speed we can do little about. But for the parents and families of Abigail Williams and Liberty German (affectionately referred to after this as A&L), this has to be the longest year of their lives.
I have no authority to speak about their pain, this case, or the loss of a child, but I empathize with the gamut of the feelings they must have. I never knew the girls or their families. After following this tragedy from day one I can only speak to my own feelings – which this is not about.
One year ago today, A&L came up missing. Delphi is not a big town but people turned out in droves to help search. It wasn’t until the next day they were found – murdered. The scene was not far from the Monon High Bridge; the last place they were seen via a Snapchat they took.
The past year has been compacted with rumors, anger, People of Interest, over 30,000 (I think) tips, reward money in excess of $250,000.00, prayers, research, and believe it or not friendships. The one thing the past year has not produced is the monster that took their young lives.
What we do have, by the fast and brave thinking of Liberty, is a grainy photo and an audio clip of the piece of shit who, in my honest opinion, needs to meet his maker at the hands of the families.
This is the photo.
I will interject here: if anyone recognizes this man – do the right thing and call 1-844-459-5786.
Months after the murders, the police released this composite sketch:
There are others closer to the families and the girls than I and can speak to their lives. I will say they both have been spoken of highly as the best of friends, friendly, giving, sports nuts, and always had a smile to offer.
A part of me feels close to them and the families. I have spent the past year researching what we do know about the murders and in doing that read a lot about them.
There is nothing we can say or do to bring the girls back. That is a hard fact to accept. I am sure every day their families wish they would walk in the front door and forget about the last year. If I could give them that I would. What we can do is support them day to day and stay vigilant in finding this monster. My heart hurts for them as the seconds tick slowly this evening and tomorrow.
We miss you, Abby & Libby. We will never stop looking.
Rest easy angels.