True crime fans were shocked yesterday when new details were revealed in the Delphi Murder case. The documents, obtained via a FOIA request by the Murder Street podcast, sadly confirmed some of the most lurid rumors surrounding the deaths of Libby German (14) and Abby Williams (13).
In a request for a warrant to search the property of Ronald Logan, an FBI agent noted that – although there had been no signs of a struggle -the girls lost a great deal of blood when they died. Their bodies were then “moved and staged” and pieces of their clothing taken. Investigators believe the killer may have taken other souveniers as well, such as photos or videos.
Ronald Logan’s house was less than 1500 feet from where the girls were found. Authorities received fifteen separate tips indicating he was responsible for the murders. His cousin stated in an interview that Logan had asked for help establishing a false alibi for the time of the murders, and GPS data indicated he was near the crime scene. A woman who had once been in a relationship with him said he was physically violent and “always” carried a gun in a fanny pack. A previous search of his property, executed in connection with a parole violation, noted he possessed multiple handguns and knives.
Ronald Logan died in 2020. He was never formally named a suspect in the case.
Update: Mr. Wilson has regrettably been found deceased. Although no foul play is suspected, a death investigation is underway.
A Silver Alert has been issued for an 89-yr-old man from Seymour, and police are asking for the public’s help locating him.
Harold Wilson was last seen just after 6 AM Tuesday morning, driving a red 2003 Chevrolet Silverado with Indiana license plate D586UB. He is described as white, 6 feet 7 inches tall, approximately 220 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes.
Authorities believe he is in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.
If you have information concerning Mr. Wilson’s whereabouts, please contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department (812-358-2141) or simply call 911.
According to authorities, the little boy was found stuffed inside a hard suitcase with “a distinctive Las Vegas design on its front and back” in a wooded area at the 7000 block of East Holder Road. Although an autopsy was performed, no cause of death was determined. However, toxicology results are still pending.
The autopsy indicated the child is approximately 5 years old. He is described as a black male, approximately four feet tall, with a slender build and short haircut.
Investigators are still working to determine his identity. Although they have already received more than 200 calls regarding the case, he remains unknown.
“Right now that is the number one point of this investigation, to find out who this child is,” Sgt. Carey Huls said during a press conference on Monday. “At this point, we still do not have that information… and he deserves to be heard.”
Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the toll-free Indiana State Police hotline at 1-888-437-6432.
A mushroom hunter stumbled across the dead body of a child yesterday, and the Indiana State Police is requesting the public’s help to identify him.
He is described as an African-American child between the ages of 5 and 8-years-old. The little boy has a thin build, a short haircut, and stood about four feet tall.
Found near a roadside in a wooded area just east of Washington County, police believe he died sometime within the last week. His cause of death is currently unknown. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
If you have information concerning this child, please contact Detective Matt Busick of the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg (1-812-248-4374 or 1-800-872-6743).
In one of several recent embarrassing incidents for citizens of the Hoosier state, an officer of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has been charged in connection with a marijuana growing operation she set up in her own home.
22-year veteran officer Christina Slack contributed to her own downfall when IMPD police were sent to the 2900 block of S. Pasadena St. on Dec. 27, 2021 for a domestic disturbance. When the responding officers arrived at Slack’s residence, she informed them her boyfriend, Jamel Owens, had attacked her. As he was being taken into custody, Owens informed the arresting officers that they should check the back badroom of the house for marijuana.
Police received a search warrant for the premises and found 18 marijuana plants growing in a tent with fans and an air filtration system. According to court records, the pot weighed 1,285.2 grams. Psychedelic mushrooms were also found in the search, as well as marijuana seeds and paraphernalia. Text messages and cell phone videos sent between the couple confirmed Slack’s involvement in the grow operation.
Jamel Owens was charged with two counts of domestic battery and one count of criminal mischief stemming from the alleged assault. Those charges were dismissed earlier this month.
However, Officer Slack and Owens both still face charges on two misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana — growing, and growing on-premise while failing to destroy. No charges were filed in connection with the mushrooms, paraphrenalia, or any intent to distribute the more than 45 ounces of pot.
Indianapolis Metro PD is asking for help locating a missing man.
36-year-old Nahum Smith was last seen February 18 near the Greyhound station at 350 S. Illinois Street. He is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a black and gray hoodie, white thermal shirt, tan pants, and socks under a pair of slippers.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Mr. Smith is asked to call 911.
Heather Nicole Adkins, the Indiana woman accused of abandoning her non-verbal, autistic 5-yr-old by the roadside, has signed an extradition waiver and is on her way back to Ohio.
According to what police in three different states have pieced together, on February 17th, just days before his sixth birthday, Adkins drove her son, Martin “Thomas” Adkins, roughly 75 miles from their home in Shelbyville to an Ohio suburb near Cincinnati. It was there, court documents state, that she left Thomas – wearing only a burgundy and gray sweatsuit and black Shaq gym shoes – on a dark, dead-end street before driving away. He was found by a passing motorist on a nearby road about an hour later. The driver, who described the boy as “soaking wet” and confused, called 911.
“It’s a two-lane road, super dark, no lights, very windy, and it was also freezing,” stated Josh Wanderski, the man who came to the abandoned child’s aid. “He was just on the side of the road. He was waving me down. Luckily I was close so that I could call the police.”
“He didn’t really understand what was going on,” Wanderski told a local news station. “He was really close to the road.”
Although initially no one knew the boy’s identity, the Colerain Township Police Department was able to identify Thomas through social media posts by the following day.
Meanwhile, Adkins was on her way through Kentucky. On February 19th, she was arrested at a Georgetown gas station for banging on car windows and “acting strangely.” (Perhaps not coincidentally, police later confirmed Adkins had been treated at a local hospital for heroin and meth intoxication.) Despite giving the police a fake name, Adkins was quickly identified and arrested for an unpaid fine from 2011. Georgetown police were unaware she was wanted in connection with her son’s abandonment at the time.
By that very next day however, Georgetown PD realized the woman they had in custody was the same woman police in Ohio were looking for, and added a misdemeanor endangering children charge. Adkins then gave a jailhouse interview to a local news station in which she admitted abandoning her son “to save him from me.”
Despite that, court records show Adkins pleaded not guilty during a Feb. 22 court appearance.
A few days later, prosecutors in Ohio’s Hamilton County charged her with kidnapping, a felony, which enabled her extradition. Police are still investigating the matter, and other charges may still follow.
Thomas is currently staying with a foster care family in the Cincinnati Child Protective Service program. He has two brothers, who are with a family friend.
Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to contact the Colerain PoliceDepartment at 513-321-2677.
“I imagine there was an opportunity for one or both to separate and try to make a break different ways. Those girls loved each other. They were good friends. Neither one of them left each other’s sides. Both those girls are heroes in my book.” – Mike Patty
For many people who find themselves in a waking nightmare, there is a dividing line of before and after. Before the traumatic event, their lives follow a steady rhythm and familiar order. They’re reliable, if a bit predictable, and things make a certain kind of sense. After, their world is irreparably damaged, and nothing ever quite makes sense again.
In the world Libby German’s family lived in prior to the 13th of February, 2017, it was inconceivable to think something truly terrible had happened, even after they’d initially realized the girls were missing. The kidnapping of two middle school children in broad daylight just didn’t seem like something that could happen in Delphi. So, although they’d been looking for Libby and Abby for roughly two hours before notifying police, the overall mood was one of concern but not yet desperation. They kept telling themselves that one – or even both – of the girls must have fallen on the trail, and the pair were sticking it out together, waiting for someone to find them. Maybe they were lost. Maybe Libby’s phone was somehow been damaged. Maybe the girls didn’t even realize anyone was looking for them…anything but the awful truth.
The exception was Becky Patty, Libby’s grandmother. She’d raised Libby since the age of three, and she couldn’t shake the feeling that something was deeply wrong. She tried calling AT&T, Libby’s cell service provider, to see if they could locate her phone, but Libby had performed a factory reset on the phone the previous week, and none of the tracking apps had been turned back on since then. Frustrated, Becky hung up without receiving any real help from AT&T. At a loss, the family continued their search.
“Me and my uncle actually crossed the bridge when we were yelling for them down there, and I remember getting to the end of the bridge and looking to the left and seeing, like, someone had fallen down the hill over there,” Kelsi later remarked, referring to some depressions in the grass. “And I didn’t think anything of it.” She continued trying Libby’s phone. At one point, she believed her call connected but the moment of hope was quickly crushed when the line fell silent and couldn’t be reached again. It was then that Libby’s grandparents decided to call police. Assured things would soon be in more capable hands, Kelsi left the trails to report for work, already more than an hour late.
Meanwhile, Abby’s mother Anna Williams was also working. At the restaurant where she waitressed, she found a minute to check her phone before the dinner rush. Unbeknownst to Anna, Becky had been trying to call her to inform her of the situation. After all, if someone was going to be forced to tell the woman that her only child was missing, Becky didn’t want it to be police. Unable to reach Anna by telephone, she’d driven to the Williams home, only to be informed Anna was at work.
By that time, Mike had already called 911 and returned to combing the trails when he literally ran into a pair of responding officers, one each from the Delphi PD and one from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department. After another brief search and discussion, the grandfather was asked to come file a formal missing persons report. Agreeing, he then called Becky to tell her to meet him at the sheriff’s office. Most of the other extended family members stayed behind to continue canvassing the woods, and people began asking for help on social media.
Shortly after she received the call from her husband Mike, Becky was finally able to speak with Anna. Abby’s mother readily agreed to leave work to meet the Pattys at the station but, like so many others, misinterpreted the severity of the circumstances. As she headed out the door, Anna optimistically told coworkers she’d sort everything out then probably be back in time to finish her shift.
Kelsi, too, was summoned away from work as authorities began questioning the families. Asked about her little sister’s social media, she showed the police two photos Libby had posted to Snapchat. The first was an artsy shot of High Bridge stretching out into the distance, away from the camera. The second photo was one of Abby crossing the bridge. Posted at approximately 2:07, the pictures were proof the girls had still been alive and well roughly half an hour after they’d been dropped off.
Curious about Abby and Libby’s other social media activity, the authorities had members of both families gather the girls’ digital devices from their homes and bring them in for examination. Abby owned a tablet, but she had been forbidden from getting a cell phone until she was 14. She’d also been forbidden from joining Facebook, but it was quickly discovered that not only had she set up a profile, furthermore she had a male Facebook friend her mother knew nothing about.
Of course, Libby had her phone on her when she disappeared, but police believed it had since died or been turned off. It has never been publicly revealed what -if anything- was found on computers and other devices in her home.
It was roughly then that the first controversial decision of the night was made. According to Anna Williams, police decided “almost immediately” that there was no evidence the girls were planning on meeting anyone. Nor, supposedly, were they talking to anyone who was posting under a fake name or concealing their true identity. Without any new information to disseminate or an indication of imminent danger, authorities decided against issuing an Amber Alert.
Still, word continued to spread and worry continued to grow on social media. Missing children were so unusual in the small town that the mayor was notified and responded that very night, and a report about the missing girls aired on local news. A group of approximately 100 people – including Mike, Becky, Anna, other family, friends, and members of various law enforcement entities, including the Delphi Police Department, Delphi Volunteer Fire Department, and Carroll County Sheriff’s Department – converged on the area. People searched in the dark and cold for hours, with nothing more than their flashlights and concern to lead the way.
The mood had grown more somber throughout the night as the temperature steadily dropped and no sign of the girls could be found. Around 10 pm, the group began thinning out as people went home to rest with the understanding that they would return in the morning. Even so, shortly before midnight, the sheriff’s office issued a press release stating there was no reason to suspect foul play.
Then, a few minutes later, authorities made yet another controversial decision. The official search was called off until the next day.
If you have any information pertaining to their murders – or the social media profile “anthony_shots” – please call the Delphi Homicide Investigation Tip Line (844-459-5786), the Indiana State Police (1-800-382-7537), or the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department (765-564-2413). You can also contact Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com.
“I was like there -there’s nothing wrong. There has to be nothing wrong. It’s just Grandma overreacting like always. Then, me and Cody crossed the bridge and we’re looking in the woods, and we couldn’t find them anywhere. That’s when I started to realize something was really wrong. I was yelling her name so that she could hear me, and I hope she did hear us searching.”
– Kelsi German, who was only 17 at the time she was participating in the search for her missing sister