Police investigating the murders of two teens in Delphi, Indiana, are seeking information from anyone contacting the fake profile on the social media app Yellow, currently known as Yubo.
Police are investigating a possible link between a profile they say used pictures of a male model to communicate with underage girls, and teen 13-year-old Abigail in 2017 Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German were murdered.
Sadly, there are an estimated 500,000 online predators active every day, according to the Center for Child Crime Prevention and Safety.
Indiana State Police (ISP) investigators on Monday sought information from people who had contacts with the yellow account “anthony_shots,” which previously issued calls to people who had contacts with similar profiles on other platforms.
“This profile was being used on social media applications from 2016 to 2017 including, but not limited to, Snapchat and Instagram.”
“If you or someone you know has communicated with anthony_shots on a social media application called Yellow, currently known as Youbo, please contact law enforcement at email@example.com or 765-822-3535 Do it,” says an ISP. release,
Youbo, based in Paris, France, boasts over 50 million users worldwide and describes itself as “a social live-streaming platform that celebrates the true essence of being young.” Shortly after the app launched as Yellow, others described it as “Tinder for kids” that could be “free for all against sexual predators.” Irish Times,
newsweek reached out to Yubo for comment.
The bodies of Williams and German were found in February 2017 in a wooded area near a hiking trail in Delphi. a brief Video and a sketch of a man The suspect’s identity is unclear due to the poor quality of the video, though a phone call of the girl, suspected to be his killer, was found.
Police have interviewed several persons of interest but no charges related to the deaths have been registered.
In an interview with Williams’ mother, Anna Williams, newsweek In February, he expressed gratitude that the investigation was still active, asking that the public continue to contact authorities with any possible suggestions.
,[Law enforcement] Still going through tips, they’re still getting suggestions and we’re very grateful that they continue to pursue our case, even after five years,” Williams said.
“We ask that if they see something, say something, call the tip line, email, text anonymously however they want to do so and continue to share posters with information, ” He said.
The ISP first appealed for information about the anthony_shots profile in December 2021. An ISP spokesperson said the profile was used to “communicate with teenage women to solicit nude images, obtain their addresses, and attempt to meet them.”
Police did not announce a clear link to the profile and the killings, but did note that the profile’s creator, Keagan Kline, was active in 2016 and 2017 and allegedly contacted underage girls.
Kline was arrested in August 2020 on charges of child solicitation, child abuse and possession of child pornography unrelated to the double homicide case. He has denied any involvement in the deaths of Williams and German.
However, Kline has admitted to being behind the anthony_shots account and, according to Fox affiliate WXIN, was accused in police interviews of communicating with German on the day he and Williams were killed.
An ISP spokesperson declined to confirm or deny that Kline was a suspect in the Delphi murder investigation in a December 2021 statement newsweek But said, “At this time, we are looking for any information about the ‘anthony_shots’ profile and anyone who may have contacted that profile.”