Carroll County police in Delphi, Ind., announced Tuesday that they discovered two bodies along a riverbank during a search in the area for two 13-year-old girls who disappeared on Monday while on a hike.
The bodies were found along Deer Creek, less than a mile from where the teens had been dropped off.
Liberty German and Abigail Williams were reported missing Monday when they did not meet with a family member as planned after being dropped off near the Monon High Bridge earlier in the day.
Worries worsened when the two could not be reached by phone.
The Journal & Courier reported that while police didn’t identify the bodies, it is common sense that they are the girls.
“We are investigating this as a crime scene,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley Tuesday afternoon. “We suspect foul play.”
Family members had hoped for the safe return of the two girls.
“We’re just praying for their safe return,” said Liberty German’s grandfather Mike Patty said. “I’m upset and confused. Obviously, very distraught. I’m just worried. All I want to do is have the girls get home safe.”
“I’m getting scared now,” Anna Williams, Abigail’s distraught mother, said. “It’s getting cold, and they’ve been out a long time. I don’t know what time they ate last.”
“It’s a very scary situation right now, and I just want her home,” she said.
“The family asked us to thank the communities around Delphi and the people here in Delphi for assisting in attempting to locate the two young children who were missing here earlier,” Sgt. Riley said on behalf of the grieving families.
The investigation is ongoing.