NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Facebook post by a Tennessee sheriff’s department that suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation had expanded its search of a murder suspect wanted for killing two Indiana teenagers to include southeast Tennessee has been clarified.
The Bledsoe County Sheriff Department in Tennessee reported the expanded search on its Facebook page Sunday night. That post has since been taken down.
In a clarification post on Monday, the department said “this suspect HAS NOT BEEN SEEN IN BLEDSOE COUNTY or any other counties in Tn. It is a nationwide search.”
Indiana State Police explained that information was shared with numerous police agencies across the nation and the Tennessee sheriff’s department shared the information on their Facebook page with verbiage that suggested the FBI had extended the search into southeastern Tennessee counties including Bledsoe. State police said that was “misinformation.”
Liberty German and Abigail Williams vanished Feb. 13, 2017 while hiking along a trail near Delphi, their hometown. Their bodies were found the next day in nearby woods. Authorities have not disclosed how the girls were killed.
A reward of more than $230,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest or arrests and convictions in the teens’ killings.
Authorities distributed two grainy images of a man walking along an old railroad bridge the girls had visited while hiking. They also released audio of a male saying “down the hill.”
That evidence came from German’s cellphone. Police have hailed her as a hero for recording potentially crucial evidence.
The FBI has not provided additional details about Sunday night’s post.