Two teenagers, Liberty German and Abigail Williams, were killed in Delphi in 2017. Richard Allen was arrested on charges of murdering the two teenagers.
Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said 50-year-old Richard Matthew Allen had been arrested on two counts of murder in the death. namely 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams.
Williams and German did not return from hiking the historic trail in Delphi, Indiana, about 70 miles north of Indianapolis, on February 13, 2017. The next day, their bodies were found in a wooded area about a mile from where they were last seen. Both deaths were determined to be caused by homicide.
Investigators looked at thousands of leads over nearly six years in an attempt to find the suspect, but they never could.
At a press conference Monday morning, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said, “I am proud to inform you that an arrest has been made.” “Thanks to the hundreds of news outlets who continue to report on Abby and Libby’s story and put it in the spotlight.”
Carter said that further information on the arrest and investigation would not be provided as the investigation was ongoing.
“I know you all want to know the final details about this arrest today, but today is not that day,” he said. “This investigation is not over, and we will not jeopardize its integrity by releasing or discussing documents or information before it is time to do so.”
Allen was arrested last Wednesday by detectives from the Delphi double homicide task force. The group was united after the deaths of Williams and Germany and includes members of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. On Friday, a judge found probable cause to hold him without bond on a double homicide charge, Carroll District Attorney Nicholas McLeland said. During the preliminary hearing, Allen, the so-called “local man,” pleaded not guilty.
McLeland said that as of Monday morning, the investigation was still “active and ongoing,” and authorities were still asking the public for information about the 2017 killings, whether or not it had anything to do with Allen.
The unsolved murder has received a lot of attention from the media as the police investigation has yet to produce an answer. Shortly after the girls went missing, police released photos of a possible suspect: a man in blue jeans, a blue jacket, and a hoodie who appeared to be walking toward them on the Monon High Bridge Trail around the time they went missing.
Photos and audio recordings that appear to capture the muffled voice of a possible suspect were both taken from a German smartphone, according to police. In April 2019, more than two years after the crime, police sketches and video clips were said to have come from the teenager’s cell phone.
Although the police continued to search, they were unable to locate the person and no arrest warrant was issued. But multiple sources told WTTV, a CBS station in Indianapolis, on Friday that a man was arrested in connection with the two deaths. Indiana State Police said the same day they would hold a press conference.