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ISP: Authorities working around the clock to find person who murdered teens

23 February 2017, 12:55 | Clarence Schmidt

Police release audio clip from victim's phone in hopes of catching Indiana teens' killer

Authorities squash social media investigation rumors in Delphi; prep for press conference

Investigators now hope someone from the community will recognize the voice, although it's unclear whether the man heard in the recording is the same one depicted in an image of a suspect released by authorities last week.

Bursten played the clip multiple times during a news conference on Wednesday.

After organized searches, the bodies of the two girls were found February 14 outside Delphi in the woods near Deer Creek, about three-quarters of a mile from an abandoned railroad bridge where they were dropped off a day earlier to go hiking.

Police investigating the slayings of two girls in IN released new evidence today in hopes it will lead to the capture of their killer.

Police previously released a photo - also recovered from Libby's phone - of a man wearing a dark blue jacket hoodie, jeans and a hat as he walked along the Delphi Historic trails.

Police say that man is their prime suspect in the slayings.

They were to be picked up later in the afternoon, but did not show up. "To activate the video system on her cell phone to record criminal behavior that's about to occur ... there's no doubt in our minds that [this] young lady is a hero".

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Investigators believe the girls met the suspect in a chance encounter or the person knew they were going to be there. "Why Libby? Why Abby?"

"It looks as if he is to one side of the bridge - which would seem like he was walking past another person?" Why Delphi? Why Carroll County?

"If you're watching, we'll find you", Superintendent Douglas Carter of the Indiana State Police warned.

"We talked all the time [about safety], it was something that I stressed, but I guess not enough", Patty said.

Officials are asking anyone who may have taken pictures in the area or was just on the trail to contact authorities immediately.

Our sister station WISH-TV in Indianapolis is covering Wednesday's update and Eyewitness News will have more information on what investigators are saying both on air and online.

Anyone with information about this case, no matter how insignificant, is encouraged to call the Delphi Homicide Investigation Tip Line at (844) 459-5786.

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