ISP: Man arrested in Colorado not person of interest

Daniel NationsPhoto provided by El Paso County (Colorado) Sheriff's Department

Authorities from the FBI, Indiana State Police and Carroll County Sheriff's Department are investigating whether the arrest of a Colorado man earlier this week may be connected to the killings of Delphi teenagers Libby German, 14, and Abby Williams, 13, back in February.

Around 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, officers from the Woodland Park Police Department in Teller County, Colorado, stopped a red Chevrolet Prizm driven by Daniel Nations, 31, a news release from the El Paso Sheriff's Department stated.

The release also stated the vehicle Nations was driving was identified in several tips by the public regarding complaints in several locations across the county.

During the traffic stop, Nations was arrested and booked into the Teller County Jail on an unrelated weapons charge.

Nations has been listed on the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry since 2010 for a 2007 indecent exposure case in South Carolina.

While Colorado police haven't released the reason they are investigating a possible connection to the Delphi killings, ISP Sgt. Kim Riley on Thursday morning addressed Nation's arrest, stating that authorities are leaving no stone unturned in the investigation.

He also stated that, at this time, Nations is not necessarily a person of interest in the investigation.

"We are aware of the arrest of the person in Colorado and are investigating to see if he could be a suspect in the Delphi double murder investigation," Riley said by phone. "Please keep in mind the Indiana State Police has received more than a thousand photos of persons alleged to be similar in appearance to the composite sketch of the Delphi person of interest. Each and every one of those tips are investigated for any potential connection to our case.

"We will give the same attention to the person arrested in Colorado, but right now, there is nothing that definitively connects this person to our investigation."

In contrast, some news reports have described Nations as a possible person of interest, but Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said Thursday that anyone police have interviewed in the past seven months could arguably fit that label.

"Everybody as we've gone along, I guess in my mind, is considered a person of interest," Leazenby said. "It's just the awareness of this guy  [Nations] is heightened now. So to call him a suspect, I can't say that. But again, I'm going under the basic theory of everyone we talk to is a person of interest. We are interested in seeing what they were up to on Feb. 13."

Reach Kim Dunlap at kim.dunlap@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150.

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