Delphi murders update: River searched near home of man police say posed as teen online

ByAlex Perez ABCNews logo
Thursday, September 1, 2022
River search may signal potential break in Delphi, IN murder case
A potential break in the murders of Delphi, Indiana girls: investigators have been seen searching the Wabash River near the Peru home of Kegan Kline.

DELPHI, Ind. -- There may be a potential break in the unsolved murders of two teenage girls in Delphi, Indiana.

The killings of teens Abby Williams, 13, and Libby German, 14, in February 2017 have drawn international attention.

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Police released new video of the suspect in the murder of two teen girls in Delphi, Ind. in 2017.

The hosts of the true crime podcast "The Murder Sheet" took photographs of investigators scouring the Wabash River, near Peru, Indiana -- about 40 miles from where Abby and Libby were found dead five years ago.

"What we're hearing from sources indicates that this is connected," said Aine Cain, co-host of The Murder Sheet.

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Despite thousands of tips since their murder in 2017, their killer is still at large. Libby captured a grainy Snapchat that authorities believe shows their killer, along with a chilling recording thought to be his voice.

"Guys, down the hill," the man says on the recording.

Indiana State Police would only confirm they have a dive team in the area. But the podcasters said it's located just a few miles from the family home of 28-year-old Kegan Kline, who was arrested two years ago and charged with child pornography and child exploitation in a separate case to which he's pleaded not guilty.

Kegan Kline, 28, admitted to using a phony social media account with the handle "anthony_shots" to communicate with minors, Indiana State Police say.

According to authorities, Kline admitted to using a phony social media account with the handle "anthony_shots" to communicate with minors.

"He created a completely false persona for himself," said Kevin Greenlee, co-host of The Murder Sheet. "And we know that the Anthony Shots account was actually in communication with Liberty German, who was one of the victims in this case."

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Kline has denied any involvement in the murders.

Just days before the podcast hosts say that river search began, a court document obtained by ABC News shows that Kline was temporarily moved from the custody of his local authorities to the hands of Indiana State Police, the lead investigators in the murders of Abby and Libby.

The podcast hosts say it's unclear what officers are looking for in that river.

"A lot of technology comes up in this case of devices that are being used to store child sexual abuse materials or communications with underage girls," Cain said. "And then, of course, weaponry that could have been used in the Delphi murders and any other evidence that could tie a killer to the scene or of the crime, essentially."

Investigators would not say what exactly they are looking for in that riverbed nor how it could possibly be connected to the Delphi murders case.