DENVER – Indiana State Troopers are in Colorado to try and find out whether the man charged with menacing people along a trail outside Colorado Springs with a hatchet is also the suspect connected to the murder of two Indiana teen girls earlier this year.
Troopers arrived in Colorado Friday to further investigate Daniel Nations, 31, who was charged Thursday with felony menacing and reckless endangerment in El Paso County in connection with multiple incidents that happened in the Mt. Herman and Monument areas over the past several weeks.
The Indiana authorities say they are working in El Paso County.
The alleged menacing happened in the same area where a well-known cyclist was found shot to death earlier this month. Nations also faces a felony weapons possession charge in Teller County, and was charged earlier this summer with presenting a false ID to an officer in Georgetown.
But Indiana officials are in the state to try and find out more about whether Nations might be a suspect in the murders of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams, who were killed near Delphi, Indiana while hiking in February.
An Indiana State Police spokesperson said that they would likely know by next week whether Nations is “a viable subject” in the teens’ deaths.
The agency has said that Nations is one of dozens of people they are looking at as a possible suspect.
Nations was in a Cripple Creek court Thursday on a family-related case, a day after he was in court in Teller County on the weapons charge.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that it anticipates more charges will be forthcoming against Nations, though it’s unclear from which jurisdiction the charges might stem.
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Indiana authorities have set up an email address and tip line (844-459-5786) to contact them about the case, and are offering a reward of more than $200,000 for tips that lead to an arrest and conviction in the case.