Two bodies found along a northern Indiana stream are those of two teenage girls who went missing Monday and their deaths are being investigated as homicides, authorities said on Wednesday. State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said autopsies performed Wednesday determined that the bodies are those of Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, both of Delphi. Their bodies were found Tuesday afternoon along Deer Creek near Delphi, about 100 kilometres northwest of Indianapolis. Police said the girls’ bodies were about a kilometre from an abandoned railroad bridge where they were dropped off Monday to go hiking. Riley said an FBI team remains at the crime scene collecting evidence. Riley said authorities are not yet releasing the girls’ cause or manner of deaths, citing the ongoing double homicide investigation. “The investigation is still in its baby steps, so to speak, and we don’t want to put that information out yet,” he said during a news conference in Delphi. Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said authorities do not yet have a suspect or suspects in the girls’ slayings. Delphi is known for its historic courthouse square and a restored section of the historic Wabash & Erie Canal that offers trips on a replica 19th-century canal boat. News of the girls’ deaths shook the community of 3,000 residents, where the teens were both eighth-graders at Delphi Community Middle School. Greg Briles, the superintendent of Delphi Community School Corporation, called their deaths a “senseless tragedy” in a Wednesday afternoon tweet. “Our worst fears were confirmed today in the senseless loss of our 2 DCMS students,” he wrote on Twitter. Delphi resident Richard Gardiner said Wednesday after the police announcement that the girls’ killings had left him and other residents stunned.
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