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Cops hunt vicious killer of two girls, 13

By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

This Feb. 13, 2017, photo released by the Indiana State Police shows a man walking along the trail system in Delphi, Ind. Indiana authorities want to talk to the man in connection with the killings of two teenage girls. (HANDOUT)

This Feb. 13, 2017, photo released by the Indiana State Police shows a man walking along the trail system in Delphi, Ind. Indiana authorities want to talk to the man in connection with the killings of two teenage girls. (HANDOUT)

Detectives are desperate to identify a man seen near the area where two 13-year-old Indiana girls were murdered Monday.

Abigail Williams and Libby German were discovered face down near a creek off a nature trail in Delphi where the best friends had gone hiking.

Cops have not released how the two girls died.

Investigators say the man in the photos released by police was seen in the area at the same time as the girls were being murdered.

So far, they have received more than 100 tips on the man.

One of Abigail Williams’ friends described the girl as daring, kind and sweet.

“I just picture scenarios in my head,” Hagen Jacobs told the Indianapolis Star. “I question everything.”

The slayings have shocked the small town of 3,000 northeast of Indianapolis.

“I can’t sleep just knowing that there is someone walking the streets, knowing what they did and it’s not even bothering them and it destroyed someone’s whole world,” Jacobs said.

Delphi resident Richard Gardiner said that the girls’ killings had left him and other residents stunned.

“I’ve lived around this town for 50-plus years and things like this are happening every day in bigger cities, like Chicago and Indianapolis and whatnot,” he told WLFI-TV. “And in a small community when it happens, everybody goes berserk.”

State Police Det. Sgt. Kim Riley has vowed to catch the killer -- no matter where the investigation takes him.

“There’s somebody out there, somewhere. We don’t know if it’s a person who came in and left, or if it’s somebody in the neighbourhood,” Riley said.

“But we are going to see justice done.”