An Indiana man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 9-year-old lady is being seemed into for a doable connection to the unsolved murders of two youngsters within the metropolis of Delphi in 2017, investigators mentioned Wednesday.
James Brian Chadwell was arrested final week after he lured the lady into his dwelling to pet his canines after which beat and sexually assaulted her, in keeping with court docket paperwork obtained by FOX59 Indianapolis. Police later found the lady locked inside Chadwell’s basement after she was reported lacking.
Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby advised native information retailers that Chadwell caught the eye of authorities concerning the 2017 murders of Libby German and Abby Williams on the Delphi Historic Trails.
“The data [regarding Mr. Chadwell] has been shared with us and our investigators are trying into him,” Leazenby mentioned.
No additional particulars on what led investigators to eye Chadwell had been instantly given.
German, 14, and Williams, 13, had been reported lacking Feb. 13, 2017, after they did not return from a hike alongside the path. A seek for the pair ended the next day when their our bodies had been discovered by a volunteer a couple of half-mile off the path.
Regardless of autopsies being performed, no reason for loss of life has ever been revealed for both of the women. Whereas police have acquired tens of 1000’s of ideas, the Four-year-old case stays unsolved.
To this point, investigators have launched two sketches of the suspect – which look totally different – and audio from German’s cellphone of a person they consider is behind the killings.
Chadwell isn’t the primary kidnapping suspect who investigators have seemed into as an individual of curiosity within the Delphi murders, in keeping with the Journal & Courier. Not one of the earlier folks of curiosity grew to become suspects.
Within the case of the 9-year-old lady, Chadwell was charged with tried homicide, baby molesting, tried baby molesting, kidnapping, legal confinement, battery leading to severe bodily damage and strangulation.
Fox Information’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.