(WSPA) — A man arrested for allegedly threatening people on a Colorado trail with a hatchet, and now being probed for several murders, is originally from the Upstate.
Police arrested Daniel Nations, 31, in Woodland Park, Colorado on Monday for possession of a weapon by a previous offender, according to Jacqueline Kirby with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities say Nations threatened people with a hatchet during the weekend of Sept. 15 and 16 in the town of Monument in El Paso County.
Woodland Police Department said Nations was driving a vehicle that matched the one described by victims. The vehicle is a red Chevrolet Prizm with expired Indiana license plates.
Indiana authorities say they are aware of Nations’ arrest in Colorado and are investigating to see if he’s connected to the murder of two teens.
Abby Williams, 13, and Libby German, 14, were reported missing on Feb. 13 after the girls were dropped off near Delphi, Indiana to go hiking. A family member returned to pick them up, but they weren’t there.
Search volunteers discovered the girls’ bodies near the Delphi Historic Trail the following day.
In July, Indiana State Police released a sketch of a suspect in the case. The suspect has been described as standing from 5-feet-6 to 5-10 and weighing between 180-220 pounds with reddish brown hair.
Indiana State Police released this statement:
“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. 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 these 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. If that should change – with this tip, or any other tip – rest assured we would be sharing such news with all media sources.”
Nations is a 2003 graduate of Chesnee High School.
Nations was convicted of indecent exposure in Beaufort County, S.C. in 2008.
Nations lived in Chesnee for several years, according to the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry. Nations checked in with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office until 2012. Nations also has an address listed in St. Petersburg, Florida.
According to the Indiana Sex Offender Registry, Nations’ last known address was in Greenwood, Indiana and that he was non-compliant in checking in.