Delphi murders live update: Richard Allen charged as victim’s family says killer was ‘hiding in plain sight’

Police announce charges against Richard Allen in Delphi murder case

Police in Indiana have charged a 50-year-old local man in the 2017 Delphi murders — more than five years after the bodies of best friends Libby German and Abby Williams were found near a wooded trail.

Richard Allen was charged with two counts of murder on Friday and pleaded not guilty.

His body armor resembles the police sketch of the man long suspected of killing the teenagers.

Mr. Allen – whose name has never been publicly linked to the case – is a married father and trained drug technician who works at the local CVS store in the heart of the tight-knit community.

Libby’s grandfather told reporters Monday that the suspect was “hiding in plain sight” all this time.

Investigators remain tight-lipped about what led to Mr Allen’s arrest – an astonishing 2,086 days after the murders – and remain stumped on the victims’ cause of death.

Libby, 14, and Abby, 13, were killed after setting out for a hike along the Monon High Bridge Trail in Delphi on Feb. 13, 2017. Their bodies were found in a wooded area about a half-mile from the trail the next day.

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ICYMI: Police charge Richard Allen with Delphi murders

A 50-year-old local man has finally been charged in the 2017 Delphi murders – marking the first step towards justice for teenage best friends Libby German and Abby Williams who were brutally murdered more than five years ago.

Indiana State Police announced at a news conference Monday morning that Richard Matthew Allen, a Delphi native and married father with a grown daughter, was charged with two counts of murder on Friday.

Allen, 50, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held without bail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for January with a trial date in March.

“I’m proud to say that today – actually last Friday – that today is the day. An arrest has been made,” Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said.

However, Supt Carter added that “today is not a day to celebrate” as Libby and Abby’s families still have to carry on without them.

The independentRachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel SharpNovember 1, 2022 04:50

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Local residents said the suspect seemed ‘normal’

Local residents reacted with shock when news of Richard Allen’s arrest broke on Friday, saying he seemed “like a normal guy”.

“When I would go to CVS as a customer myself, he would say ‘do you need help?’ I would be like, ‘no,'” Chandler Underhill, manager of the local Brick & Mortar Pub, where he said Mr. Allen was a regular, told Fox59.

“Just like a normal guy I’ve been seeing for the past couple of years, thinking nothing of it.”

Mr Underhill said Mr Allen always seemed “normal” when he walked into the pub where he works.

“I would talk. he wouldn’t say much. He seems like a normal guy,” she said.

“One of my servers was telling me he wouldn’t talk much.”

Libby’s grandfather told reporters Monday that his granddaughter’s accused killer was “hiding in plain sight” the whole time.

Rachel SharpNovember 1, 2022 03:50

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CVS expresses condolences after suspect is revealed to be an employee

CVS offered its condolences to the families of Libby German and Abby Williams after it was revealed that suspected killer Richard Allen was an employee of the company.

Mr Allen is a trained pharmaceutical technician and worked at the local CVS store in the heart of Delphi, Indiana – where the two teenagers lived with their families before their brutal murders.

“As members of the Carroll County community, we remain devastated by these murders and our hearts go out to the German and Williams families,” the company said, according to local network WRTV.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn that one of our store employees has been arrested on suspicion of these crimes. We are ready to cooperate with the police investigation in any way we can.”

Rachel SharpNovember 1, 2022 02:50

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Photo shows Richard Allen posing with police sketch of suspected killer

A photo has revealed how the local man accused of the 2017 Delphi murders posed for a smiling selfie in front of a police sketch of the suspected killer.

The photo shows Richard Allen, 50, smiling with his wife Kathy at a local bar in Delphi, Indiana – the small, tight-knit community where he has lived for more than 15 years and where victims Libby German and Abby Williams lived with their families before brutal murders.

On the wall behind him is a police sketch released by the Indiana State Police in 2019 of the man suspected of killing the teenage best friends. Mr. Allen looks like the design.

The selfie was posted by Mr Allen’s wife on Facebook in December 2021 – the same month investigators issued a new appeal calling on members of the public to come forward with information about an online catfish account believed to be linked to the murders.

Now, 10 months later, Mr. Allen has been arrested and charged with the murders of Libby and Abby.

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Videos captured the victims with a man before the murders

In a move that pushed the investigation forward, Libby German recorded a grainy video on her phone of a man dressed in blue jeans, a blue jacket and a hat walking along the abandoned railway bridge on the day the two friends were murdered .

Investigators released a grainy image from the video and chilling audio of the man telling the two girls: “Get down the hill.”

This grainy image was taken on Libby’s phone on the trail the day the girls went missing. Investigators believe the man is the killer

Investigators have long suspected this man is the girls’ killer and have praised the girls for documenting the video as evidence.

This grainy image was taken on Libby’s phone on the trail the day the girls went missing. Investigators believe the man is the killer

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This grainy image was taken on Libby’s phone on the trail the day the girls went missing. Investigators believe the man is the killer

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What happened to Libby German and Abby Williams?

Libby German, 14, and Abby Wiliams, 13, went missing on February 13, 2017 after setting out for a hike along the Monon High Bridge Trail in Delphi, Indiana.

During the walk, Libby posted a photo of her best friend walking along the Monon High Bridge. It was the last known photo of Abby before she was killed.

Later that day, the teenagers were reported missing when they failed to return to a location where a family member picked them up.

The next day – Valentine’s Day 2017 – their bodies were discovered in a wooded area about half a mile off the trail.

For the past five years, police have remained tight-lipped about the crime scene and how the girls died.

But shocking new details about the murders have come to light in a 2017 search warrant application obtained by The Murder Sheet podcast and shared with The independent in May of this year.

The warrant revealed that the girls had lost “a lot” of blood during their deaths and that their killer was believed to have moved and staged their bodies, before taking some kind of memento 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 spelled out in the document.

The killer would be covered in the blood of the victims in the aftermath of the murders due to the “large amount of blood lost from the victims at the crime scene,” it says.

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Richard Allen Court Dates:

Richard Allen, 50, pleaded not guilty to the charges at a preliminary hearing and is being held without bond in the White County Jail.

He will return to court on January 13, 2023 for a preliminary hearing.

His trial date has been set for March 20, 2023.

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Everything we know about suspect Richard Allen

The 50-year-old married man arrested last week in connection with the 2017 Delphi murders has now been charged for more than five years in the double murders of teenage best friends Libby German and Abby Williams.

Richard Matthew Allen, of Delphi, Indiana, was taken into custody Wednesday (Oct. 26) and booked into the Carroll County Jail. On Friday, he was charged with two counts of murder and transferred to a state facility, reportedly for his own safety.

Indiana State Police announced the charges Monday — a bombshell development in the high-profile case that rocked the small, tight-knit community of Delphi and had remained unsolved for more than half a decade.

Allen, 50, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is said to be refusing to cooperate with the investigation.

The independentRachel Sharp has the full story:

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The police are not ruling out other perpetrators

Officials did not rule out the possibility that other people were involved in the brutal murders of Libby German and Abby Williams and promised that – if the investigation led to other suspects – they would also face charges.

“If any other person had any involvement in the murders in any way, that person will be held accountable,” Indiana State Police Acting Assistant Doug Carter said at Monday’s news conference.

Members of the public were urged to continue to submit tips – not just about Richard Allen but any other information about the case.

Rachel Sharp31 October 2022 20:50

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Family of Delphi murder victim reveals chilling encounter with suspect Richard Allen: ‘Hiding in plain sight’

The family of one of the Delphi victims have revealed they had a chilling encounter with the man accused of her murder as they learned he was “hiding in plain sight” the whole time.

Mike and Becky Patty, the grandparents of victim Libby German, told reporters after Monday’s press conference that they remembered suspected killer Richard Allen serving them once at the local CVS where he worked.

Mr. Allen, a trained drug technician who worked at the store in the heart of the small town of Delphi, edited some of the photos for the family and didn’t charge them for the images when they came in to pick them up.

Other than that, family members said they did not know Mr. Allen, but – in a tight-knit town of just 3,000 residents – had likely met him on other occasions over the past five years.

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Rachel SharpOctober 31, 2022 19:51

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