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ISP says DNA evidence could give them answers on Daniel Nations in days

Indiana State Police said DNA evidence could give them answers on Daniel Nations within the next two days.

Posted: Sep. 30, 2017 2:01 AM
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CARROLL COUNTY, Ind (WLFI) — Indiana State Police said DNA evidence could give them answers on Daniel Nations within the next week.

As News 18 has been reporting, investigators are trying to determine if Nations is linked to the Delphi double homicide.

Nations was arrested on Monday for allegedly threatening people with a hatchet on a trail in El Paso County, Colorado. He's also being investigated for the murder of a bicyclist who was shot near the same trail.

Police in Colorado said Nations was arrested in Colorado driving a vehicle with expired Indiana plates.

Court documents also show the 31-year-old is a convicted sex offender.

First Sgt. Jerry Holeman with Indiana State Police said it's important not to jump to any conclusions before information is confirmed.

"It will be sooner rather than later when we're ready to identify what he is," said Holeman. "Right now, I'm just comfortable saying we're just following up on another investigative lead."

At this time, police are not calling Nations a suspect or even a person of interest in the Delphi double homicide case. Holeman said they'll have more answers in the next couple of days thanks to DNA evidence.

"I know that he is a registered sex offender, so some of that is probably already on file," said Holeman.

He said part of their investigation will include comparing Nations' DNA to the DNA found near the Monon High Bridge Trail, where Libby German and Abby Williams were found.

Police also said they'll be looking into where Nations was the day the girls were murdered.

"That takes a little time and effort, and that's what we're working on right now to see exactly why we believe the cases are similar," said Holeman.

Nations was initially taken into custody in Colorado on a weapon charge. He now has also been charged with menacing and reckless endangerment.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said more charges could be filed Friday.

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