*This is a developing story and will be updated as additional information becomes available.*
Indiana law enforcement says a major development is underway in connection with the Delphi murders and deaths of Libby German and Abby Williams.
According to Fox 59, the Indiana State Police are expected to hold a press conference Monday that details the latest developments in the case. A suspect identified as 50-year-old Richard Allen is currently in custody in connection with the case.
Law enforcement sources say that Allen has been moved to a state facility for his protection, according to Fox 59.
BREAKING: We feel confident now confirming through multiple sources an arrest made in connection to the 2017 murders of Libby German and Abby Williams in Delphi. Richard Allen booked into the Carroll County Jail at noon then moved to a state facility for his safety.
— Angela Ganote (@angelaganote) October 28, 2022
Libby German’s older sister, Kelsey German, acknowledged the news conference and requested that all questions go to the Carroll County Prosecutor’s Office. Kelsey has been a strong advocate for justice in the case since the incident happened.
Police said no further additional information is available at this time.
Just know how grateful I am for all of you. No comments for now, any questions please refer to the Carroll county prosecutors office. There is tentatively a press conference Monday at 10am. We will say more then.
Today is the day💜
— Kelsi German (@libertyg_sister) October 28, 2022
The Murders of Abby and Libby
On February 13, 2017, the victims took a hiking trip at the abandoned Monon High Bridge in Delphi, in an outing that was meant to be for a few hours. The girls took photos while strolling across the bridge, but as time passed and their family didn’t hear from them, police were called for assistance.
Police found the girls’ lifeless bodies a short distance from the bridge the following day, near a trail close to the bridge. They had both been murdered.
The incident was nicknamed the “Snapchat Murders” after Abby took a photo of Libby at around 2:17 p.m. and put it on social media. Detectives said that after the photo was taken, a man approached the girls and apparently told them to “go down the hill.”
One of the girls, likely sensing danger, recorded the man’s voice on her cellphone. She also managed to take a photo and record a small clip of the suspect. Although his face isn’t clear in the picture, it was enough to give authorities a general description. Since then, they’ve been poring through thousands of tips.
Meanwhile, detectives continue to ask anyone who may have had contact with the screen name “anthony_shots” to contact law enforcement at email@example.com or 765-822-3535.
WATCH HERE: VIDEO of the suspect
LISTEN HERE: AUDIO of the suspect
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[Featured image: Abby (l) and Libby (r)/Handout]