Delphi Murders: Suspect arrested in 2017 murder of two teenagers
Indiana State Police announced on Monday the arrest of Richard Allen for the murders of two teenage girls, nearly six years after the best friends were found dead on a hiking trail.
That inanimate bodies of Liberty “Libby” German, 14, and Abigail “Abby” Williams, 13, were found on February 14, 2017, a day after German’s sister dropped the two friends at the entrance of a hiking trail in Delphi – a town of about 80 years miles northwest of Indianapolis.
“Today is not a day for celebration,” State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said at a news conference at Delphi Methodist Church. “The time will come when more details can be released, but today is not that time.”
Allen, 50, was taken into custody Friday and charged with two counts of murder at the Carroll County Jail, he said.
Allen worked at a local CVS, and his home was searched last week with investigators focusing on a fire site, according to FOX 59.
He pleaded not guilty at his first hearing and was not granted bail, Carroll County Attorney Nicholas McLeland said at the news conference.
German’s sister Kelsi German wrote in a tweet on Monday: “We have him.”
Officials offered some new details, and the arrest affidavit and indictment documents, normally public in criminal cases, have been sealed by the court.
“We have not completed the investigation,” McLeland said. “We suspect nothing at this point.”
Police previously said 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 murdered or what evidence they obtained in the case.
Days after the killings, officials released two grainy images of a man walking across an abandoned railroad bridge, taken with German’s phone just before the girls’ remains were found in a wooded section off the Delphi Historic Trail.
The phone also had an audio recording of a man believed to be the killer ordering the couple “down the hill.”
However, the case stumped investigators for more than five years as one lead after another went cold.
Days after the murders, authorities issued a search warrant at Ron Logan’s property where the girls’ bodies were found.
According to investigators, Logan had lied about his whereabouts on the day of the double murder. He died in January and was never publicly named as a suspect, according to FOX 59.
In August, the Indiana State Police petitioned the Miami County District Court for custody of 27-year-old Indiana resident Kegan Kline, who is being held on child pornography charges.
According to FOX 59, the night before her murder, Kline had been in contact with German through the fake Instagram account anthony_shots.
He reportedly planned to meet up with her when she went missing, but Kline has denied any involvement.
The Murder Sheet podcast obtained a transcript of a 2020 police interview with Kline. He said he gave the password to his anthony_shots profile to “a lot of people.”
The transcript also revealed that Kline searched his computer for “How long does DNA last” and failed a police polygraph test.
Police have not said whether they believe Logan or Kline were involved in the murders.
Haley Chi-Sing contributed to this report.
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