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Police: Registered sex offender from Upstate questioned in slaying of 2 Indiana teens

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Daniel Nations in 2011 (left) and in 2017 (Source: SLED/Teller Co. Detention) Daniel Nations in 2011 (left) and in 2017 (Source: SLED/Teller Co. Detention)
Abigail Williams (L) and Liberty German (Source: Delphi PD) Abigail Williams (L) and Liberty German (Source: Delphi PD)
Delphi murder suspect (Source: Delphi PD) Delphi murder suspect (Source: Delphi PD)

A man who authorities are interviewing in connection with in a double homicide in Indianapolis has ties - and criminal convictions - in the Upstate.

Daniel Nations, 31, was convicted of indecent exposure in 2007 in South Carolina and required to register as a sex offender. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's sex offender registry was updated with a new photo in 2011 with his primary address listed at the time as a home on Reynolds Road in Chesnee.

According to the Indiana sex offender registry, Nations was convicted of exposing himself and masturbating in from of a woman while seated in his car outside a Spartanburg County Walmart.

Investigators said the incident occurred outside the Boiling Springs Walmart, and Nations was also accused of asking the victim to have sex with him. She then ran inside the store and called police.

A traffic stop was conducted a short time later where investigators said they found Nations with his pants pulled down.

A background check also revealed a 2006 charge for indecent exposure and traffic violation charges including DUI for Nations. A spokesperson for Spartanburg District 2 confirmed Nations was a 2003 graduate of Chesnee High School.

He moved to Florida in 2012, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. Sex offender records in Florida indicate Nations' last reported address was in Martinsville, Indiana.

The El Paso Sheriff's Office said Nations was taken into custody on Monday after they received a tip regarding menacing threats in the Mount Herman area. When authorities pulled over a vehicle identified by witnesses, they said Nations was behind the wheel. He was taken into custody by the Woodland Park Police Department on an unrelated weapons charge.

Late Thursday, police confirmed that Nations had also been charged with felony menacing and reckless endangerment in connection with the incident.

Indiana officials said Nations is wanted in Johnson County for failure to register and failure to appear in court.

The Woodland Park Police Department said the threats included multiple reports of a man threatening individuals on a trail with a hatchet.

Now, State Police said they are speaking with Nations in connection with the slayings of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams, two Indiana girls who were killed while hiking.

The Delphi Police Department said the girls did not show up at an arranged time and their bodies were found in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail.

The Associated Press reports that Sgt. Kim Riley with the Indiana State Police said they are questioning Nations on whether or not he was in the state when the teens vanished in February.

No arrests have been made in the girls' deaths, but authorities released a photo of a suspect observed on the trail near where their bodies were found. The suspect in the photo was seen wearing blue jeans, a blue coat and a hoodie.

Indiana State Police released the following statement:

All information we receive from Tips involving person or persons are considered people of interest. We have had over 1000 names of people and pictures of people sent to us since the release of the composite sketch.  And we are following up on everyone or will be following up on everyone of them as we move forward in the investigation.

A reward of more than $230,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Click here to submit a tip via e-mail.

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