Delphi killers update: Everything we know about Richard Allen as he goes public for the first time since the arrest
The 50-year-old married man was arrested on Friday in connection with the 2017 The murderers of Delphi now it has been portrayed for the first time – more than five years later double murder of teenage best friends Libby German and Abby Williams.
Richard Matthew Allen, of Delphi, Indiana, was taken into custody around midnight and booked into the Carroll County Jail. He has since been moved to a state facility for his own safety.
Local outlet FOX59 has now obtained a state photo of Mr Allen, with a government source confirming it depicts the man now behind bars.
The photo resembles police sketches of the suspect that were released to the public in the course of the investigation – while the teenage killer was on the loose.
It is currently unclear what the charges against Mr Allen are, but law enforcement sources described it as a “major development” in the high-profile case that has rocked the small united community of Delphi and was not resolved for more than half. a decade.
Libby’s sister, Kelsi German, tweeted Friday before the arrest was made public that “today is the day” they’ve been waiting for.
“Just know how grateful I am for all of you. No comment at this time, any questions please refer to the Carroll County District Attorney’s office. There is tentatively a press conference on Monday at 10 a.m. We will say more then. Today is the day,” he said.
Indiana State Police and members of the victims’ families are expected to hold a press conference Monday morning to provide an update on the case.
Before his sudden arrest on Friday, Mr Allen’s name had never been publicly linked to the murders.
Here’s what we know about him:
Who is Richard Allen?
It is not clear what information led to Mr. Allen’s arrest now, more than five years after the 2017 murders.
In August, Indiana State Police were spotted searching the Wabash River in Peru — about 40 minutes east of Delphi — in connection with the case.
At the time of the murders, Mr. Allen was 44 years old.
The 50-year-old is a local resident of Delphi, where the teenagers lived with their families.
According to online records, Mr. Allen has lived in Delphi since at least 2006, and in Indiana his entire adult life.
He is married and works as a pharmacy technician, receiving his most recent pharmaceutical license in February 2018 – a year after the murders.
A local resident said Fox59 that Mr. Allen currently works at the local CVS store – he comes into contact with community members as part of his job.
“When I would walk into CVS as a customer myself, he would say ‘do you need help?’ He would be like, ‘no,'” said Chandler Underhill, the manager of the local Brick & Mortar Pub, where he said Mr. Allen was a regular.
“Like a normal guy I’ve been seeing for the past two years, not really thinking about anything.”
Mr Underhill said Mr Allen always looked “normal” when he walked into the pub where he works.
“I will speak; he didn’t say much. He looks like a normal guy,” he said.
“One of my servants told me he didn’t talk much.”
Mr. Allen appears to have no criminal record.
However, Carroll County jail records list Mr. Allen as also going by the alias of Craigh Ross Rentfrow.
What happened to Libby and Abby?
Libby and Abby went missing on February 13, 2017 after going on a hike along the Monon High Bridge Trail in Delphi, Indiana.
Their bodies were discovered the next day in a wooded area about half a mile from the trailhead.
For years, police have refused to say how the girls died and have revealed few details about the crime scene.
However, shocking new details about the murders have come to light in a search warrant request obtained by The Murder Sheet podcast and shared with The independent back in May.
The warrant, filed by an FBI agent investigating the murders in 2017 and partially redacted, was to search the home of local man Ronald Logan.
In it, the agent revealed that the girls lost “a lot” of blood during their deaths and that their killer is believed to have moved and staged their bodies, before taking some sort of souvenir from the scene .
For the first time, the warrant also revealed that the teenagers had been killed by some type of weapon. The word for the weapon was redacted in the document.
The killer would have been covered in the blood of the victims after the murder due to the “large amount of blood lost by the victims at the crime scene,” it read.
“Due to the nature of the victim’s injuries, it is almost certain that the perpetrator of the crime would have had blood on his person/clothes.”
Sizzling footage of the suspect
On the day the girls disappeared, Libby had posted pictures on Snapchat of her and Abby walking along the trail.
The happy image of the two best friends is believed to be the last photo of them before they died.
In a move that pushed the investigation forward, Libby also captured grainy video on her phone of a man dressed in blue jeans, a blue jacket and a goatee walking along the abandoned railroad bridge.
Investigators released a grainy image from the video and crackling audio of the man telling the two girls, “Go up the hill.”
Investigators have long suspected that this man is the killer of the girls and have praised the girls for documenting the video as evidence.
So far, the man has never been identified.
Police described the man as a white male between the ages of 16 and 40, between 5′ 6″ and 5′ 10″ tall and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds.
Several police sketches have been circulated of a man matching the description of the man in the footage.
Other names related to the case
Mr Allen’s arrest marks the first time his name has been publicly linked to unsolved murders.
Over the years, the authorities have added several other men.
A 27-year-old Indiana man fell under the spotlight last year when the online account he used to stalk underage girls online was linked to the teenage victims. His home was searched on suspicion of child pornography charges just two weeks after the 2017 murders.
In December 2021, the Indiana State Police announced that officials had “unmasked” a fake online profile called anthony_shots.
The profile was used from 2016 to 2017 on platforms including Snapchat and Instagram and used pictures of a well-known male model, portraying him as extremely rich and owning numerous sports cars.
Investigators say the person behind the account was Kegan Anthony Kline, a 27-year-old man with addresses in Kokomo and Peru, near Delphi.
According to an affidavit, Kline posed as a model in order to strip minor girls and get them to send nude photos and their addresses and try to make out with him. The male model whose photos were used has no connection to the case.
Kline was arrested on charges of child sexual abuse images and child exploitation linked to the account in 2020.
He reportedly admitted to investigators that he had groomed underage girls online.
The affidavit said Indiana State Police and the FBI executed a search warrant on Feb. 25, 2017 — less than two weeks after the murders of Abby and Libby — at Kline’s home in Peru after tracking the profile user anthony_shots to the property.
Kline told investigators that he would use the social media accounts to talk to the underage girls and that he had exchanged messages with and received about 100 sexual photos and about 20 sexually explicit videos from about 15 underage girls.
However, he denied any knowledge or involvement in the deaths of the two teenagers.
Kline was charged with 30 felonies in 2020 for the case.
The documents, presented in 2020 and heavily redacted, do not mention the murders of Libby and Abby and were not accused of participation in their deaths.
Libby’s grandmother Becky Patty said The independent in December that the teenager had never spoken to anyone online before her death and that there had never been any indication that the two girls had arranged to meet anyone online on the day they were killed.
The investigator urged anyone who had communicated with, met, or tried to meet the individual posing as anthony_shots to get the information.
Before that, Ronald Logan had previously been on the police radar, according to the 2017 search warrant application.
Mr. Logan owns the land on which Libby and Abby’s bodies were found and his home was only 1,400 feet from the crime scene.
The warrant application cites multiple complaints that he was violent toward women and that he possessed multiple weapons, including guns and knives.
Mr Logan also lied about where he was at the time the teenagers went missing, claiming he was out in the area with a friend on the afternoon of February 13 when mobile phone location data they actually put it in the area around the track.
The document also says his voice was “not inconsistent” with the man captured on video by Libby.
Mr. Logan was never charged and died in 2020, before the case was resolved.
It is currently unclear whether Mr. Allen has any connection to Mr. Logan or Kline or to the anthony_shots account.
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