DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — Authorities investigating the killings of two northern Indiana teenagers on Friday searched the home and property of a man who owns the remote tract of land where the girls' bodies were found last month.
Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby stressed that 77-year-old landowner Ronald Logan isn't considered a suspect in the killings of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams. The girls' bodies were found Feb. 14 on the edge of Logan's property, a day after they vanished while hiking.
Logan's attorney, Andrew A. Achey, said in a statement Friday that Logan maintains his innocence, wasn't involved in the killings and wants anyone with information in the girls' deaths to give their tips to police, the (Lafayette) Journal and Courier reported.
He said Logan "had no involvement in this heinous crime."
"I would like to caution the public to avoid jumping to conclusions before law enforcement has completed the ongoing investigation," Achey said.
Leazenby declined to say what authorities were looking for during their search of Logan's home in Delphi, about 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis, and Delphi-area property of his. Logan has been jailed since last weekend on an unrelated probation violation.
State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said investigators obtained the search warrant as part of their work pursuing information they've received in the case, which has yielded more than 13,000 tips from the public and a reward of more than $230,000 for information leading to an arrest or arrests in the killings.
He said those tips and investigative work by State Police, Carroll County authorities and the FBI have led to more than 300 people being questioned in the killings. About 200 people have been cleared, but police continue checking the alibis of about 100 others.
Authorities had previously searched the area of Logan's 40-acre property where the bodies were found in rugged, wooded terrain about 50 feet from a stream and about a half-mile from an old railroad bridge the girls had visited while hiking.
Riley said Logan is one of 13 people arrested to date on matters unrelated to the killings as authorities pursued leads in the girls' deaths.
Logan was arrested March 11 for a probation violation related to a drunken driving conviction — a 2014 case in which he received probation and a two-year suspended sentence. He remained jailed without bond Friday at the Carroll County Jail pending a court hearing in the probation case.