The man accused of murdering two teenagers out for a hike in 2017 has finally been charged with their deaths.
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 has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held at White County Jail without bond. He is due back in court on January 13, 2023 with a presumptive trial date of March 20, 2023.
He is said to not be cooperating with authorities, according to WISHTV. He 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.’
Richard Allen, 50, was charged with two counts of felony murder for the deaths of Libby German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13
Abigail Williams, left, and Liberty German, right, were murdered in February 2017 after going for a walk. No one has ever been arrested for the 14-year-old girls’ murders
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 composite sketch was released in 2017 showing a possible suspect in the case
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.’
But 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.
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 about a half mile from the bridge.
Following the news on Monday, Kelsi German, the sister of Libby German, tweeted: ‘We got him.’
Indiana State Police announced on Monday that Allen has been charged in the murders
Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland said Allen’s arrest is a ‘step in the right direction’
The family members of Libby German and Abigail Williams listened intently during the news conference
After news of Allen’s arrest broke on Friday, a disturbing photo emerged showing his 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, 50, on the Monon High Bridge. It was posted to Facebook by Allen’s wife Kathy, 50, 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 photo of Allen’s daughter, 28-year-old Brittany, was posted to Facebook by his wife Kathy, 50, in 2018 – just over a year after the girls disappeared in February, 2017
Libby German was filmed by her friend and fellow victim Abigail Williams in February, 2017, moments before they were murdered –
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.
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 photo shows Richard Allen, 50, smiling with his wife while over his shoulder a police sketch strongly resembling him is posted on the wall
Allen is pictured here with his wife, Kathy, in an undated picture. They live just miles from the bridge from where the two teens disappeared in 2017
Allen is pictured here with his wife Kathy in an undated photo. He does not appear to have a prior criminal history and was known locally for working in the local CVS
This is the sketch Allen was photographed sitting close to. It is one of several released following the February 2017 murders of
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.
An unidentified man — now believed to be Allen — was filmed approaching Libby and Abby before their deaths
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.