Detectives investigating the 2017 murders of two Indiana teenagers have found a mysterious social media profile they believe is linked to the unsolved double homicide.
« During the investigation into the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German, detectives from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana State Police uncovered an online profile named anthony_shots, » the Indiana State Police announced Monday night.
“This profile was used in social media applications from 2016 to 2017 including but not limited to Snapchat and Instagram. The fictional anthony_shots profile used images of a well-known male model and portrayed himself as extremely wealthy and the owner of numerous sports cars. The creator of the fictional profile used this information while communicating with teenage women to request nude pictures, obtain their addresses and to try to meet her. »
« New account, follow me 😋 Born in Alaska, raised in Indiana, » the profile reads. « Life on the move. LA NY business travel. ✈️. »
On the afternoon of February 13, 2017, Williams, 13, and German, 14, set out for a hike from the Monon High Bridge, an abandoned railroad trestle that forms part of Delphi, Indiana’s extensive historic trail network. When they failed to return to the trailhead several hours later for a scheduled pickup, their families reported the couple missing. Initially, the police suspected no third-party fault. But when the eighth-graders’ bodies were discovered about half a mile from the bridge the next day, police launched a criminal investigation.
Investigators released a still from video found on German’s smartphone of an unidentified man – who was later named a suspect – walking on the bridge. Police later released an audio recording of the man telling the two girls, « Guys… down the hill. » The suspect was described by authorities as a white male, between the ages of 18 and 40, who stood between 5ft 6in and 5ft was 10 inches tall and weighed between 180 and 200 pounds. He was last seen in blue jeans, a blue jacket and a hoodie. Nearly 30,000 leads have been collected by detectives, but no arrests have yet been made. The police never revealed how the two died.
German’s grandmother, Becky Patty, told The Daily Beast that the killings have deeply affected the family.
« Our lives have been on hold for five years, » she said in a phone interview on Tuesday.
The young man featured in the now private anthony_shots profile has been identified and is not a person of interest in the investigation, according to detectives, who say they are looking for information about the person who created the false profile.
The Daily Beast tracked down the real person – and sometimes the model – depicted in anthony_shots’ account, who lives in Ketchikan, Alaska and works as a police officer. There was no reply Tuesday morning at a phone number listed under his real name and an email asking for comment was bounced as undeliverable.
Investigators are asking anyone who « communicated with, met, or attempted to meet the anthony_shots profile » to contact police at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-822-3535. You’re looking for as much information as possible, including « saved pictures or conversations with profile anthony_shots ».
In 2019, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said police believe the suspect « is from Delphi — currently or previously lived here, regularly visits Delphi, or works here. »
The anthony_shots profile itself was created by 27-year-old Kegan Anthony Kline of Peru, Indiana, according to court documents in an unrelated case. An August 2020 affidavit reviewed by The Daily Beast says Kline — who is currently being held while awaiting trial on charges of child solicitation, child exploitation, possession of child pornography, identity fraud and obstruction of justice — has admitted to contact having had affairs with numerous underage girls on Instagram and Snapchat, who sent him more than 100 sexually explicit photos and videos.
Indiana State Police and the FBI conducted a search of Kline’s home on February 25, 2017, eleven days after the bodies of Williams and German were found. When questioned by investigators, Kline stated « if a girl told him she was 16 or younger, he wouldn’t mind and would still talk to them, » the affidavit reads, noting that Kline’s alleged Victims were between 15 and 17 years old. The heavily edited file does not link Kline to the Delphi case.
In a statement to local NBC affiliate WTHR on Tuesday, Kline’s public defender Andrew Achey said, « My client had nothing to do with the unexpected, untimely and unfortunate deaths of the girls at Delphi. »
Kline, whose Facebook profile says he worked as a casino dealer in Las Vegas, is scheduled to attend a pretrial conference on Dec. 16, according to state court records.
Patty hopes that the renewed focus on the murders of her granddaughter and friend may finally lead to a solution to the case.
« It’s a good thing, it gives us hope, » she told The Daily Beast. « Our request is that everyone share this information, the police would like to speak to anyone who has spoken to this profile. Because none of them know who this person was talking to. We just need people who are aware and contact the police and give them the information they need.”