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Authorities are investigating whether an Indiana man who killed himself during a June standoff with police after allegedly raping a woman was involved in the abduction and murder of two teen girls in 2017.
Paul Etter, 55, of Tippicanoe County, Indiana, killed himself during a five-hour standoff with police in Lebanon, Indiana, on June 27, following a large-scale manhunt.
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Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby told the Journal & Courier Friday that Etter's 'name has come up through the process' when asked whether detectives were investigating Etter as the killer of teenagers Liberty German, 14, and Abby Williams, 13, who were abducted and found dead in 2017.
Leazenby added that authorities were investigating all possible suspects in the teens' killing, in addition to Etter, however.
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Etter killed himself in the wake of being wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman after abducting her as she was changing a tire near a Girl Scout camp in Tippicanoe on June 22.
This isn't the first time that Etter's name has come up in connection with the teen girls' murders.
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Following Etter's June death, Tippecanoe County sheriff's Sgt. Thad Miller said that detectives had passed along information about him to Carroll County investigators per routine police practice, following his suicide, but that he did not think Etter topped the list of the potential murder suspects.
At the time, Miller also noted that detectives had also shared information about other suspects with the Carroll County investigators, too.
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German and Abby, of Delphi, Indiana, were abducted on February 13, 2017, after a relative dropped them off so they could go hiking near an abandoned railroad bridge.
At some point during their hike, German posted to Snapchat a photo of Williams on Monon High Bridge Trail. It would become the last photo taken of Williams before...
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