The Delphi Murders: Police trawl Indiana river as podcast reveals startling connection to alleged child abuser
The search by ISP began after a podcast titled 'The Murder Sheet' connected the suspected area with the death of two Delphi girls
PERU, INDIANA: The Indiana State Police began searching an Indiana river earlier this week after a podcast shed light on the link between the area near the house of the prime suspect and the murder of two Delphi teenage girls.
Officials of the Indiana State Police spent the last few weeks searching the shallow water of the Wabash River in Peru. During Tuesday, August 30 search, the officials used metal detectors and scuba gear and it appears they still haven’t found the major link they were looking for. “They started kind of on the side the first day. I walked by there were maybe 10 guys in the same outfits and I was kind of curious about what’s going on," Dave Noonan who lives in Peru told Fox 59. Noonan is a Peru native to walks by the area searched by the officials nearly every day.
For about 10 days now, the driver helped the ISP officials to investigate the Wabash River bed underneath the Kelly Avenue Bridge in Peru but the officials have still not revealed what the drivers are looking for. The search by ISP began after a podcast titled 'The Murder Sheet' connected the suspected area with the death of two Delphi girls named Libby German, 14, and Abby Williams, 13. The officials found the lifeless bodies of the two teenagers on Valentine’s Day 2017 in Delphi, after they took a hiking trip at an abandoned bridge.
The Wabash River is near the residence of Kegan Kline, who is the prime suspect in the brutal murder case. The officials arrested Kline on the charges of child exploitation and child pornography. The officials revealed that Kline was the last person who communicated with the teenage girls before they died near the abandoned pull. As stated by Business Insider senior reporter and co-founder of 'The Murder Sheet' podcast, Áine Cain, Libby last communicated with an Instagram profile with the username ‘Anthony_Shots’ which Kline used in an attempt to “catfish” young girls into sending nude photos.
Kline was not arrested until August 19, 2020 at his girlfriend’s apartment in #Kokomo. He has been held for over a year at the Miami County Jail. Tracing Kline’s background at 6 pm @WTHRcom pic.twitter.com/lv8OMqYYi9— Rich Nye (@RichNye13) December 8, 2021
“Libby was apparently enthralled by this profile,” Cain said. “She wanted to meet up with him. She was being potentially catfished by this person, who, of course, looked nothing like and was nothing like what he portrayed online.” The documents presented in the court stated that the ISP and FBI first encountered Kline when they followed the IP address of ‘Anthony_shots’. The IP address took investigators to a house where Kline used to live with his father. During the house search, seized a total of six devices from the suspect, including smartphones, a tablet, and an iPod touch.
The court documents revealed that the iPod touch last used in 2015 was filled with sexually explicit images of minor children. One iPhone last used in May 2015 had sexual images of girls around the age of 14. Those photos were geo-located back to cities in Indiana, including Bunker Hill, Galveston, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Monterey, and Royal Center. One Samsung Galaxy phone contained sexually explicit images of children between 12 and 17 years old, per the report. Another iPhone last used in November 2016 contained images of adults involved in sexual acts with children between 3 and 11, as well as images of drugs and Kline with a firearm.
Soon the child abuser was arrested by the authorities on 30 counts of child pornography. However, he has not been charged in connection with the Delphi murders. Investigators said he admitted to speaking to about 15 underage girls and getting images from "every one of them." According to the affidavit, he told investigators that the girls' ages ranged from 15-17, and he probably received 100 sexual images from the girls.