The girls never made it home alive.
Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were found 殺害された the following day in a case that shook a small Indiana town and left law enforcement unusually tight-lipped in their hunt for a killer.
今, five years later, German’s grandmother said a man who communicated with the girl through a fake social media profile may “know more than he’s saying” and called on the public to come forward with information on the account allegedly used to solicit nude photos of underage girls.
“I have seen where he did comment on Libby’s page,” Becky Patty, the girl’s grandmother, said in a lengthy sit-down interview with Fox News. “I know for a fact that this ‘Anthony_Shots’ account did have contact with Libby.”
Kegan Anthony Kline, 27, of Peru, インディアナ, allegedly created the Instagram account known as “Anthony_Shots” to communicate with underage girls but denied any involvement in the murders. The profile, which was active from 2016 に 2017, used real photos of a male model from Alaska to “catfish” unsuspecting girls and solicit sexual photos and videos.
Kline was charged in August 2020 と 30 counts, including child exploitation, possession of child pornography and obstruction of justice. He has not been charged in the murders of German and Williams nor been named a suspect. 3月, a transcript of a video interview Kline gave at an Indiana State Police barracks was accidentally posted online and obtained by “The Murder Sheet” ポッドキャスト.
According to the document, which has since been sealed in the court record, Kline told police he communicated with German on the day she was killed. The transcript also revealed that Kline searched “How long does DNA last” on his computer and failed a police polygraph.
Investigators reportedly told Kline that they believe at least two people had access to the “Anthony_Shots” account based on the forensic investigation into the syntax, or wording, used by the account. According to the interview transcript, Kline said he gave the account password to “a lot of people.”
Police said German used her cell phone to snap images of a man walking across the railroad bridge shortly before the girls were killed on February 13, 2017. German also recorded the man believed to be the killer ordering the friends “down the hill.”
While much attention has been given to the phony “Anthony_Shots” アカウント, Patty cautioned against focusing solely on one individual in the investigation and disclosed that police recovered DNA at the crime scene, though she did not provide any details.
“I can’t go down just this one avenue,” Patty said. “I still have to keep an open mind that it was something else.
“アメリカでは, you’re innocent until proven guilty. No matter what the evidence is there, no matter what is insinuated. Even though he [Kline] is facing these other charges, he’s innocent until proven guilty.”