Two bodies found in Indiana have been identified as missing 13-year-old girls, authorities said.
Cops suspect foul play in the deaths of Libby German and Abby Williams, whose bodies were discovered Tuesday near Delphi, approximately 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis. Autopsy results confirmed their identities on Wednesday.
"This is considered a double homicide investigation, and no further information will be released at this time," Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said, according to the Journal & Courier.
The bodies were found three-quarters of a mile from an abandoned railroad bridge where the two girls were dropped off Monday to go hiking.
Libby's grandfather told WTHR that the family received a communication from the girls on Snapchat.
"We started going through all the social media things, looking at Facebook, has she talked to anybody, have the girls been talking with anybody, Snapchatting or whatever the kids do today back and forth," Mike Patty told the station.
"[We] really didn't find anything and the last minute, I think we found, going out was at about 2:30 which was a Snapchat of a picture of them out there on this bridge, and that was the last communication we've had."
Sgt. Riley indicated there are no suspects, but police have hundreds of leads. They are not releasing the girls' cause of deaths yet, citing the ongoing investigation.
Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby and Riley urged the public to provide any tips they might have to help in the investigation.
"It is disturbing. We're going to get to the bottom of this. We're confident of that. ... And bring justice," Leazenby said during a news conference.
Delphi is noted for its historic courthouse square and a restored section of the Wabash & Erie Canal that offers trips on a replica 19th-century canal boat.
"I hope they catch the guy because if I was a parent, I'd be scared to death up here right now," Verlin Bohnert told the Journal & Courier.
"It's pretty scary to think somebody is running around loose up there capable of doing that," the local resident continued.
Sgt. Riley said an Amber Alert would not have done any good.
"In the short period of time, and the location that the bodies were found, it would not have helped us in finding any leads at all," Riley said, according to the Indy Channel.
With News Wire Services
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