Richard Allen of Delphi, Indiana, was arrested on Friday for the deaths of Libby German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13
He was charged Monday with two counts of felony homicide
Allen, 50, has long been presumed to be the unidentified man that footage shows approaching Libby German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, on Feb 13, 2017
Libby had shared a snap of herself walking along the railroad tracks on the Manon high bridge in the woods outside Delphi, Indiana that day
Snapchat updates made the case one of the United States’ most notorious unsolved murders after bodies of the missing girls were found a half mile from the bridge, a day later
Allen has pled not guilty and is being held at White County Jail without bond
He’s due back in court on January 13, with a presumptive trial date of March 20, 2023
The after five years of waiting the bereaved families finally witnessed a local man been been charged with the murders of two teenage friends found dead hours after they went out for a hike in 2017.
Richard Allen, 50, of Delphi, Indiana, was arrested on Friday for the deaths of Libby German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13. He is now charged with two counts of felony homicide.
Allen who has pled not guilty to the charges and is being held at White County Jail without bond.
He is due back in court on January 13, with a presumptive trial date of March 20, 2023.
Authorities said the suspect has been non-cooperating with investigations, according to WISHTV, does not appear to have a prior criminal record and previously worked at the local CVS.
‘It’s a step in the right direction,’ Nicholas McLeland, the Carroll County Prosecutor, said of Allen’s arrest at a news conference on Monday.
He noted that it was ‘disappointing’ that the suspect is a local resident, and said he can now bring the evidence against Allen to court in the future trial.
But when asked whether anyone else may have been involved in the murders, McLeland simply said: ‘We have not closed the door on this case.’
This the a major break through in investigations into the deaths of teen friends Abigail Williams and Liberty German, who were murdered in 2017 after going for a walk.
The girls were last known to be were crossing the Monon High Bridge in the woods outside Delphi on February 13, 2017 when they disappeared.
Their bodies were found the next day after a frantic search by their families, staged in a grotesque manner, but no one has ever been arrested for the murders of the two underage girls.
It remains unclear what led police to ultimately arrest Allen, as the state police will not be releasing evidence in the case under a court order.
A probable cause document has been temporarily sealed, with McLeland saying he requested the documents be sealed due to ‘extra scrutiny’ associated with the case and to protect the integrity of the investigation.
‘The investigation is far from complete, and we will not jeopardize its integrity by releasing information before it’s time,’ said Doug Carter, the superintendent of the Indiana State Police.
‘If you choose to be critical of our silence, be critical of me, not the frontline,’ he said.
‘These are folks who have devoted their entire lives to a conclusion, in other words, a guilty verdict.’
It’s revealed that Allen has long been presumed to be the unidentified man seen approaching German and Williams, when they were crossing the Monon High Bridge in the woods outside Delphi in February 2017.
Following the news on Monday, Kelsi German, the sister of Libby German, tweeted: ‘We got him.’
The bridge is located just a few miles from his home — which is also just a half-mile from the middle school the two teens attended.
Libby had shared a snap of herself walking along the railroad tracks on the day of her murder, with the Snapchat updates causing a sensation that made the case one of the United States’ most notorious unsolved murders.
The girls’ bloodied bodies were found on property belonging to Ron Logan, about a half mile from the bridge.
FBI agents wrote that they had probable cause to search Logan’s property in connection with the murders and believed evidence may have been found there. Investigators executed a search warrant against the property on March 17, 2017.
The agent wanted to search Logan’s home, outbuildings and vehicle for anything pertaining to the teens’ murders, including forensic evidence, hair, bodily fluids, guns and cutting instruments. The FBI also sought electronic devices and storage media, according to the search warrant.
After news of Allen’s arrest broke on Friday, a disquieting photograph emerged showing his adult daughter posing in the same spot where the teenage victims were last seen alive.
The photo shows Brittany Zapanta, 28 – the daughter of Richard Allen and Kathy Allen, both 50, on the Monon High Bridge. It was posted to Facebook by Allen’s wife Kathy in 2018, just over a year after the girls disappeared in February 2017, although it’s unclear when the photo was taken.
There is also no indication as to who took the snap on the Monon High Bridge Trail.
And another photo posted online showed Allen smiling with his wife, while in the background over his shoulder, a police sketch of the Delphi murder suspect could be seen posted by a notice board on a wall.
It is unclear when and where the photo was taken.
The version of the suspect sketch in the image was not released until April 2019, so the photo would have been taken at least two years after the murders.
It was later revealed that his home was less than two miles from the Delphi train bridge where Williams and German were last seen alive.
The arrest of Allen could be the end of a years-long investigation during which numerous possible leads have led nowhere, and police have remained tight-lipped about details of the case.
Exactly how the girls died remains unknown to the public, and the state their bodies were discovered in also remains shrouded in mystery.
The bodies were discovered on property about 1,400 feet from Ron Logan’s residence on February 14. A day after the girls vanished.
“A large amount of blood was lost by the victims at the crime scene,” according to the search warrant. Because of the amount of blood, investigators believed the perpetrator would have gotten blood on their hands or clothing.
The murderer likely took a souvenir from the crime scene, according to the document, and it “appeared the girls’ bodies were moved and staged.”
The redacted search warrant didn’t specify what was missing and noted that the “rest of their clothing was recovered.”
There were no signs of a “struggle or fight,” said investigators who suspected that the killer physically removed something or took photos to “memorialize the crime scene.”
Crime scene investigators also recovered unknown fibers and unidentified hairs.
Just days after the murders, Logan led reporters on a tour of his property and took them to the crime scene. He said he’d lived on the property for 50 years and couldn’t fathom how the girls could have reached the area where they were found.
Logan died in January 2020. Though arrested, and long held as the prime suspect in the Delphi murders, he was later released and never charged.
Over the summer, the details of a search warrant revealed that Libby and Abigail were found covered in blood, and that their killer appeared to have taken a souvenir of some sort from the murder site.
The warrant, obtained by the Murder Sheet podcast and released to Indianapolis FOX59, offered no further detail on what the souvenir was, although it did say that ‘the rest of [the girls’] clothing was recovered,’ implying that the killer had taken something they’d been wearing.
And sickeningly, the murderer ‘staged’ the girls’ bodies in a particular way after killing them, although it remains unclear exactly how he did this.
Investigators also believed photographs or videos were likely shot of the grotesque set-up to ‘memorialize’ the crime scene.
The 2017 murder of Abby and Libby became notorious after investigators released chilling footage the girls recorded of a man following and approaching them across the Monon High Bridge.
A heavily-built man in jeans and a blue jacket could be seen approaching the girls, and in a brief snippet of audio that was released the man could be heard saying ‘Down the hill’ to the girls.
The full clip is reportedly 43 seconds long, but its contents are believed to be too disturbing to share in full.
The voice in the clip was described as being ‘not inconsistent’ with that of Logan, the FBI investigation concluded. A brief clip of the man walking towards the girls on the trail was released too.
Over the years numerous people have been put forth as possible suspects in the case.
Ron Logan, who died in 2020, had long been the prime suspect. The girls bodies were discovered on his property – just 1,400 from his house – and it was revealed over the summer that his alibi for the day of the murder did not line up.
His home was searched and he was arrested shortly after the killings, but he was released and never charged.
Kegan Kline, 27, of Peru, Indiana, was also previously named as a suspect in the murders.
He is said to have admitted talking to Libby German using a fake Instagram profile called Anthony_shots.
Kline – who is heavy-set and pasty-faced – used an image of a ripped and muscular young man to trick underage girls into speaking to him.
He is said to have arranged to meet with Libby on the Delphi High Bridge the day before she was murdered while walking along it.
But he is also said to have shared his Anthony_shots password with others – including his father – and said his dad could be a prime suspect in the killings.
Kline is being held in jail after being arrested on separate child porn charges in 2020. Neither he nor his father have been arrested over the Delphi Bridge killings.