On February 13, 2017, fourteen year old Liberty German and her friend, thirteen year old Abigail Williams were dropped off near the Delphi Historic Trail System near the town of Delphi, Indiana. Delphi s approximately 60 miles north and west of Indianapolis.
The girls had planned to hike in the area and were to be picked up later in the afternoon. They failed to arrive at the predesignated area. They were missing. Twenty four hours later, their bodies were discovered in the woods, along the shore of Deer Creek. They had been murdered.
Liberty had posted some photographs to her Snapchat. One of the photo’s was of a strange man that they had seen in the area. It is unclear to me how many snaps were taken or if there was any further explanation from Liberty as to who this man was. Liberty also managed to get audio of this man’s voice.
You can find more information, including the audio clip of the strange man’s voice on the media release from the Indiana State Police. The Indiana State Police have posted the man’s image and his voice for everyone to see and hear in hopes that someone might recognize this monster..
I wish Liberty would have dialed 911. Just call and scream at a dispatcher. Scream where you are, if you can, and for help. A good dispatcher will wear themselves out tracking you down. Literally, will wear themselves out until they exhaust all of their efforts in doing so.
I wish we could have found them sooner. I wish a lot of wishes.
Liberty was a brilliant girl. I can speculate that perhaps she knew that they were in serious trouble and that they weren’t going to be able to get out of it. I can speculate that she sensed this and she did what she could to help us find the monster that took them from us.
To quote Sgt. Slocum of the Indiana State Police, “Libby is a hero,”
I am so angry that this has happened. These girls should have been free to explore and to go on an adventure without the fear of a monster lurking in the brush. Just like I did when I was a girl. I would roam the countryside from sun up to sundown, without a care in the world.
All they wanted to do was go hiking.
I am confident that the person who is responsible for this will be found.I have total faith in all of the law enforcement agencies who are investigating their homicide. I have no doubt, this monster will be found.
God will not give our girls back to us but he will deliver the person who is responsible for taking them from us. We will find this person. We will have our justice for Libby and Abby.
This morning, Dingo Lu and I went on our morning hike. It was the first morning hike we’ve been able to go on in a few weeks. Work, responsibilities and lack of ambition have been my excuses. It would have been a shame to waste the final day of unseasonably warm weather we’ve had.
As I made my way down our familiar path, I couldn’t help but think about Liberty and Abigail. It was hard not to. With the exception of the warm temperature, it was a typical gray sky, winter morning.
Lu and I sat on a small footbridge that covers a small creek and enjoyed the view and the sound of the water passing below us. I grieved for these girls and their families. I prayed for them. I prayed for the capture of the man responsible for harming them.
I am an advocate for the outdoors. I encourage women to get active and to get outside. No fear. Just do it. Get outside. I write blog posts and reviews for trail systems and parks for other organizations. Being an introvert, a lot of my favorite places are fairly remote. It angers and frustrates me to think about how women and girls have to be so careful as we go about our day to day lives.
Guilty of just trying to enjoy life.
I stop and think, maybe I shouldn’t do that anymore?
Maybe I should issue more warnings about being safe.
I don’t know that I would change any of my practices moving forward. I still encourage women and girls to get outside and enjoy our Earth. I think that females are hardwired to be hyper aware and vigilant for their own safety, even if it’s subconsciously. It’s not paranoia, it’s survival.
I just exhaled a huge sigh.
I am angry. I am tired.I am hurt. I am terrified. I am horrified.
Most of all, I am angry…
Please say a prayer for the people of Delphi, Indiana. Say a prayer for the dispatchers, the police officers, the firemen, the paramedics, the countless volunteers and the families.
Pray that they can find peace..