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Missing girl leads to new Delphi suspect

A 9-year-old girl missing near Park Avenue in Lafayette, Indiana around 6;30 p.m. on April 19, 2021. The child’s parents called for help after their daughter went missing from their home in Lafayette, Indiana for around 30 minutes. Police searched the area and knocked on the door of James Chadwell that told them she had been there and left.

The police left but returned later. Maybe it was the way Chadwell responded to them, or maybe it was a tip they received or maybe is was instincts, but police returned Chadwell’s home and asked to search the house. He agreed. Police came across a locked door leading into the basement, which they broke open. In the basement they heard a cry and found the missing girl. An officer told media that the young girl was visibly distraught and crying with her clothing on the floor beside her. She told the Police that Chadwell had tried to kill her.

Later media reported the young girl had been bitten by Chadwell’s dog, strangled and raped. She also had black eyes and bruising on her head, arms and legs. She told police that she was in Chadwell’s house petting his dogs, and then he attacked her, hitting her in the head multiple times, the document said. Also, Chadwell was in the middle of assaulting her when the police came back the second time to knock on his door. He put his clothes back on and put the girl in the basement and that’s where the police found her.

Chadwell was arrested and has a $50,000 bond.

Now authorities have announced that James Brian Chadwell II, 43, is being looked at as a suspect in the murders of Delphi eighth-graders Abby Williams and Libby German, who were killed on Feb. 13, 2017, while walking on a local hiking trail.

Read: Abby Williams and Libby German – Delphi Murders

There are several factors leading police working the 2017 Delphi killings to look into the alleged kidnapping of a girl, Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby told ABC News on Wednesday.

Before the murder, Libby had recorded a man walking across the bridge and an audio of his voice saying, “Guys, down the hill.” Social media has been comparing Chadwell’s voice against the recording to see if there is a match.

Criminal History of James Brian Chadwell

Chadwell was convicted in 2000 in Pennington County South Dakota of assault-aggravated, a felony and stolen property. He was convicted in South Dakota of being a felon in possession of a firearm inmate 2001. He was convicted in Minnehaha County South Dakota of assault aggravate, a felony in 2003. He was convicted in Case County, Indiana for receiving stolen property in 2016. In August 2016, he violated probation and in November 2016 he was taken to jail and let out a few days later. Chadwell has an ongoing court case from 2017 for receiving stolen property and probation violation. He was convicted of OWI with a prior, felony and resisting law enforcement in February 2020 in Miami County. In October 2020 he was convicted of criminal trespass and criminal mischief. In 2020 he was convicted of resisting law enforcement and drunk driving.

Social Media

Chadwell has posted on Facebook and TikTok and it is the TikTok videos that social media is using to compare to the audio from the Delphi murders.

In one TikTok posted on April 18, Chadwell had a visible injury on the bridge of his nose. He said, “So to all you little kids out there…my nose doesn’t look like this because I cut myself shaving. If you want some, come get some. Quit preying on the little people. There’s more than enough to go around. Come find me or I will find you.”

Chadwell’s next hearing is set for June 10th.

Chadwell is charged with attempted murder, child molesting, attempted child molesting, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, strangulation and criminal confinement.

Anyone with information on the Delphi case is asked to contact abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com.

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