Charles Eldridge (above), 46, reportedly told officers he’s had multiple sexual encounters with a child under the age of 13
A man arrested on suspicion of molesting minors and who members of the public believe looks like a suspect in the murder of two girls in Indiana, has been revealed as a gun-loving Trump supporter who appears fascinated by missing children cases.
Charles Andrew Eldridge, 46, was arrested by Randolph County deputies in an unrelated sting operation on January 8, after allegedly arranging to meet up a girl he thought was 13 years old for sex.
Upon his arrest, Eldridge reportedly told officers he’s had multiple sexual encounters with another child under the age of 13.
After news of his arrest became public, members of the public started inundating cops with calls.
They claimed his mugshot looked like a sketch of the man believed to be responsible for the deaths of Abby Williams, 13, and Libby German, 14, in 2017.
Eldridge (left) was taken into custody just over a 100 miles from where the killings took place. His mugshot was compared to a sketch (right) of the man suspected of killing two Indiana girls
The bodies of Abby Williams, 13, (left) and Libby German, 14, (right) were found in Delphi February 14, 2017, a day after they were last seen
The outspoken Trump supporter and suspected pedophile also has a second Facebook profile with the Predator creature from ‘Alien V Predator’ as his profile picture.
Across the two social media pages the suspect has shared hundreds of posts relating to murder, sex crimes, missing children and evasive killers.
Eldridge had also shared several stories about the murder of Abby and Libby.
He posted public appeals and a story about potential DNA evidence, as well as the sketch of the suspect the public believes he looks like, bearing the tagline ‘Pass it around. [He] Could be anywhere.’
Eldridge had also shared several stories about the murder of Abby and Libby
He also shared this story with the an image of the suspect believed to have killed the two teens
Eldridge shared the sketch (left). He also regularly shared disturbing and graphic images to his timeline, including images of bloody weaponry (right)
He has also regularly shared gruesome images of a body being feasted on by vultures and bloody knives, tools and bone saws on a metal work-top.
He shared a post last April (right) which was warning parents to be wary of flyers used by sex traffickers to lure in children.
The former security guard was arrested in Union City, Indiana around 116 miles from where Libby and Abby were found dead almost two years ago.
The teens’ bodies were found on the Delphi Historic Trail half a mile upstream from the abandoned Monon High Bridge in Indiana February 14, 2017 – 24 hours after they went missing.
Eldridge is seen above in a selfie he posted to his Facebook page
The former security guard was arrested in Union City, Indiana around 116 miles from where Libby and Abby were found dead almost two years ago. He shared this image to Facebook in November 2014
Their cause of death hasn’t been revealed by authorities.
In an FBI composite sketch of the murderer released in July the same year, the assailant is described as a white male between 5’6″ and 5’10”, weighing between 180lbs-220lbs, with reddish-brown hair.
Libby had posted a series of photos from the bridge on her Snapchat on February 13.
The former security guard is a keen hiker and avid advocate of gun ownership rights. He shared the above photo to Facebook on November 2 2017 with the caption ‘Halloween pic… it was for the kids’
The girls were found on the Delphi Historic Trail half a mile upstream from the abandoned Monon High Bridge in Indiana February 14, 2017. It was a day after they were last seen
Police had released an audio recording of a man’s voice saying ‘down the hill’ – which was captured by Libby on her phone. Eldridge has been likened to the image
The teenager also managed to capture an audio recording of a man’s voice saying ‘down the hill’ shortly before her death.
Eldridge, a keen hiker, shared the recording along with a photo of a suspect walking along the bridge, which was captured on the same day the girls disappeared.
The man depicted in the photograph seems to match the description given alongside the FBI’s sketch of the believed killer.
After a number tips from the public likening Eldridge to the man in both the sketch and photograph, a statement was released by Indiana State Police.
It read: ‘The Delphi multi-agency investigative team, and participating agencies continue to receive media and public inquiries asking about the person arrested January 8, 2019, in Union City, Randolph County Indiana for allegations of sexually related crimes against children and if he is connected to the Delphi investigation.
‘The team is aware of this arrest and will investigate to see if there could be any connection to the murders that occurred in Delphi, Indiana on February 14th of 2017.
‘It is important for the public and media to know that many similar tips and arrests of other persons alleged to be connected to the Delphi murders occur with some frequency in and outside of Indiana.
The 46-year-old shares links to case of missing children almost daily across both of his Facebook pages
He also regularly voices his support for Trump (left) and anti-immigration views. One post from April (right) saw him share a flyer allegedly used by sex traffickers to lure in children as a warning
‘Each tip – whether it receives media attention or not – is investigated for any connection to the Delphi case.’
Capt. David R. Bursten of the Indiana State Police insisted the police force do not speak specifically about ongoing cases, but he did disclose that there are no updates in the investigation just yet.
‘When an arrest is made of a suspect identified by the multi-agency investigative team as the alleged perpetrator of the Delphi Murders, rest assured, we will let everyone know,’ Bursten added.
Currently, Eldridge has been charged with two counts of child molestation, one count of attempted child molestation and one count of child solicitation.
Eldridge has been charged with two counts of child molestation, one count of attempted child molestation and one count of child solicitation. Police say he is being investigated in relation to the double murder in Indiana
The suspected pedophile also has a second Facebook account with the famous Predator character as his profile picture
Police say in the year following the murders they received 11,000 individual tips from the public, with that number now said to have more than tripled.
Any information leading to the capture of the killer carries a $200,000 reward.
Libby and Abby were eighth graders at Delphi Community Middle School when they were killed.
Both girls played softball and were gearing up for spring practices before they died
The murders shook Delphi, a small town of 2,877 people set amid farm fields of the Hoosier heartland, around an hour from Indianapolis.
Anyone with tip information can email Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com or call the tip line at (844) 459-5786.