DIVIDE, CO — A registered sex offender who was arrested in Colorado on Monday could be connected to the unsolved murders of two Indiana teenagers, according to police.
Authorities are investigating a possible connection between Daniel Nations, 31, of Indianapolis, and the murders of Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, in February.
Police arrested Nations on Monday afternoon after he allegedly threatened several people with a hatchet near a Colorado trail where a man was murdered two weeks ago.
Liberty and Abigail, both eighth graders, were hiking on a day off from middle school on February 13 when they disappeared on a trail near their rural hometown of Delphi, Indiana. Their bodies were found the next day.
In July, police released a composite sketch of a man they say could be connected to the teenagers’ murders. The man in the sketch is described as white with reddish brown hair, standing between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10, and weighing 180 to 220 pounds.The Indiana State Police Department confirmed that they are investigating to see if Nations could be a suspect in the Delphi double-murder investigation. The department declined further comment.
Indiana State Police Sergeant Kim Riley told ABC News that while they are investigating a possible connection, police have had “over 1,000 photographs of people who look like the guy in the sketch.”
Nations was booked into the Teller County Jail in Divide, Colorado, on a charge of weapons possession by a previous offender. Additional charges are pending, according to a spokesperson for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado.
The investigation continues — and police have offered a reward of over $230,000 in exchange for information leading to an arrest.
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Main photo: Liberty German and Abigail Williams [ABC News (screenshot)]