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Colo. hatchet suspect investigated for possible links to slain Ind. girls

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana investigators are looking into whether a man arrested for allegedly threatening people along a Colorado hiking trail with a hatchet could be a suspect in the February killings of two Indiana girls who were hiking.

State Police Sgt. Kim Riley says the agency is speaking with Colorado authorities about 31-year-old Daniel Nations to determine if he could be a suspect in the killings of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams.

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The State Police cautioned in a news release that it has received thousands of photos of people alleged to look like a composite sketch of a person of interest in the case, and that it investigates each tip.

Riley says the first question is whether Nations was in Indiana on Feb. 13, when the Delphi teens vanished while hiking. Their bodies were found the next day.  

CBS Denver reports Nations was driving a car with expired Indiana license plates when he was arrested Monday for allegedly threatening several people with a hatchet on a hiking trail. He's jailed in Teller County, Colorado, and charged with possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

CBS Denver reports Nations is a registered sex offender and has numerous arrests ranging from assault and battery to domestic violence. His last known address is less than 100 miles from Delphi, Indiana.

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The station also reports Nations is being investigated for possible links to the shooting death of bicyclist Tim Watkins two weeks ago along the same trail in Colorado. 

Investigators reportedly found a gun of the same caliber used to kill Watkins and a hatchet in Nations' car.

Jacqueline Kirby with The El Paso County, Colorado Sheriff's Office told the station there are "similarities" in the cases and didn't rule out a possible connection, but said officials in Indiana have asked them not to release further information.

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