Delphi murders: Suspect arrested in 2017 murder of two teenagers
Indiana State Police announced Monday the arrest of Richard Allen in the murders of two teenage girls nearly six years after the best friends were found dead on a hiking trail.
U lifeless bodies of Liberty “Libby” German, 14, and Abigail “Abby” Williams, 13, were found on February 14, 2017, a day after German’s sister left the two friends in the driveway of walking in Delphi – a city about 80 years old. miles northwest of Indianapolis.
“Today is not a day to celebrate,” State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said at a news conference at Delphi Methodist Church. “The time will come when additional details can be released, but today is not that time.”
Allen, 50, was arrested Friday and booked into the Carroll County Jail on two counts of murder, he said.
Allen worked at a local CVS, and his home was searched last week, with investigators focusing on a fire pit, according to FOX 59.
He pleaded not guilty at his initial hearing and was not granted bond, Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland said at the news conference.
German’s sister, Kelsi German, wrote in a tweet on Monday: “We got him.”
Officials have offered few new details, and the arrest affidavit and charging documents, which are usually public in criminal cases, were sealed by the court.
“We have not closed the door on the investigation,” McLeland said. “We’re not assuming anything at this point.”
Police said earlier that the girls had been found covered in blood, and the killer had taken a souvenir from the crime scene; however, police have not disclosed how the girls were killed or the evidence they obtained in the case.
Days after the murders, officials released two grainy images of a man walking across an abandoned railroad bridge taken by the German’s phone shortly before the girls’ remains were found in a wooded area outside the historical street of Delphi.
The phone also had an audio recording of a man, believed to be the killer, ordering the couple “to the hills”.
However, the case has eluded investigators for more than five years with lead after lead turning cold.
Days after the murders, authorities executed a search warrant on Ron Logan’s property, where the girls’ bodies were found.
Logan had lied about his whereabouts on the day of the double murder, according to investigators. He died in January and has never been publicly named a suspect, according to FOX 59.
In August, the Indiana State Police asked the Circuit Court of Miami County for custody of the Indiana man Kegan Kline, 27, who is locked up on charges of child pornography.
Kline had been in contact with German using the fake Instagram account “anthony_shots” the night before she was murdered, according to FOX 59.
He reportedly made plans to reunite with her at the time she disappeared, but Kline has denied any involvement.
The “Murder Sheet” podcast obtained a 2020 transcript of a police interview with Kline. He said he had given the password to his “anthony_shots” profile to “many people”.
The transcript also revealed that Kline looked up “How long does DNA last” on his computer and failed a police polygraph test.
Police have not said whether they believe Logan or Kline are involved in the killings.
Haley Chi-Sing contributed to this report.
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