The killings, dubbed the ‘Snapchat Murders’ due to the fact the girls shared images of themselves to the social media site in the minutes before they were likely accosted, has intrigued the public because despite the amount of recognisable information available about the perpetrator, he has not yet been identified.
On February 13th 2017 best friends Abigail Williams (13) and Liberty German (14) visited the Monon High Bridge in their hometown of Delphi, Indiana.
Fear gripped their families when they failed to meet Liberty’s father for a lift home after their hike.
When word spread that the girls, known lovingly by friends and family as Abby and Libby, were missing, the police and the public began combing the area they were last seen looking for any sign of the friends.
As darkness fell, the search was called off to resume the following day.
The next day, the girl's bodies were found near Deer Creek by the search party, and the evidence found on Libby’s phone chilled law enforcement to the bone.
After examining the teen’s iPhone, Police found video footage and a voice recording of their killer.
In the voice recording, which was released just days after the bodies of Abby and Libby were found, the perpetrator can be heard instructing them: “Down the hill.”
A short snippet of the video which was not released until two years later in 2019 showed their killer as he walked across Monon High Bridge in pursuit of his victims. They also released additional audio which heard the killer say: “Guys, down the hill.”
It is believed that Libby covertly recorded their killer, and while police and their families have seen or heard more from the recording, what it contains is not publically available information.
The public were however told that the man in the video is also the man from the recording.
Originally police also released a sketch of the man they believed to be their killer, however, in 2019 they revealed a new sketch at a press conference and said they believe the new image, which differed drastically from the initial image, depicts the culprit.
At the conference, releasing the new sketch and additional audio police addressed the killer directly.
“To the killer, who may be in this room, we believe you may be hiding in plain sight.”
“For more than two years you never thought we’d shift gears to another investigative strategy, but we have.”
“We likely have interviewed you, or someone close to you. We know that this is about power to you.”
“You wanna know what we know, and one day you will.”
There were no further developments in the case revealed to the public until last month when authorities requested that anyone who interacted with a catfish using a social media account with the username anthony_shots to come forward.
The account used images of a male model unrelated to the case, and it was soon revealed that the man behind the fake account was a man named Kegan Anthony Kline from 40 minutes away in Peru, Indiana.
On February 25th 2017, just days into the murder investigation Kline’s home was searched by the FBI and four phones, a tablet and an iPod touch were seized and examined.
Authorities found that the phones contained message exchanges with underage girls as well as videos and images of child sex abuse material.
In an interview, Kline admitted to police that he was the man behind the sinister social media accounts on Kik Messenger, Snapchat and Instagram. He also admitted that he used the accounts to communicate with underage girls.
However, while the anthony_shots account is related to the case, police have not revealed in what capacity.
According to the search warrant, the intelligence pertaining to Kline’s criminal activity was discovered while investigating a separate Indiana State Police case.
While the document has redacted information in relation to the other case, it is believed that the investigation into the murders led detectives to information about Kline’s fake social media accounts.
Police have never revealed the manner of death and have kept a lot of information on the case under wraps to protect the integrity of the investigation.
However the curiosity of the case, the mystery, the chilling evidence and the many twists and turns which have unfolded over the years has seen sleuths obsess over every detail.
There are Facebook pages, Reddit threads and Podcasts dedicated to the case as people try to crack the mystery.
At present, the case remains open and active, with investigators working “around the clock” to bring the killer to justice.