A photo has been obtained of the man arrested in connection with the 2017 Delphi murders of 14-year-old Libby German and 13-year-old Abby Williams.
On Saturday, FOX 59 reported that it obtained a state-issued photo of 50-year-old Richard Allen, the man who police arrested on Friday.
BREAKING: A government source confirms this is a state issued photo of Richard Allen arrested in connection to the 2017 murders of Libby German and Abby Williams in Delphi. Allen booked into the Carroll County Jail then moved to another facility. News conference Monday at 10. pic.twitter.com/fNvD2BYsNc
— Angela Ganote (@angelaganote) October 29, 2022
WTHR-TV spoke with neighbors who say Allen works at a local CVS. The news outlet also reports that a Richard Matthew Allen is a licensed pharmacy technician. Facebook profiles indicate that he is married and a father.
Authorities have not released any details about Allen or what role he may have played in the killings; Indiana State Police are expected to hold a news conference on Monday.
The girls’ bodies were found on February 14, 2017, in Delphi, Indiana, after they disappeared following a hike that included a trek across the Monon High Bridge.
Police recovered a voice recording from German’s phone that appears to be of a man saying “down the hill.”
Allen reportedly lives about five minutes from the bridge and his neighbors told FOX 59 they saw police activity at his property last week, where investigators were seen digging up a fire pit.
Court documents obtained by WISH-TV said “a large amount of blood was lost by the victims at the crime scene. Because of the nature of the victim’s wounds, it is nearly certain the perpetrator of the crime would have gotten blood on his person/clothing.” It also appeared that the bodies had been moved and staged.
Family members of the girls have posted about the case in recent days.
German’s sister, Kelsi German, posted a tweet that read: “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💜.”
Becky Marchand Patty, German’s grandmother, also took to Facebook:
“I guess I am kind of at a loss. Every morning I get up – get my coffee – and start looking for which photo will be the today is the day post. Now I sit here not needing to do it because at long last we have a face to go with our monster. I sit here wondering – now what. Where do we go from here? I realize our lives have again made a big change – we have a very difficult path to start down. It is a path we will gladly face as we know each step taken is one step closer to our monster being convicted. Knowing that makes that walk so much easier. I want to thank everyone who has supported and prayed for our girls daily for 51/2 years – who never gave up! Who grew to love them. I know they are smiling down on the world today knowing it is now a little bit safer. Thank you”
Authorities told FOX 59 that Allen was initially booked into a county jail on Friday and was then transferred to a state facility for safety reasons. He made an initial court appearance on Friday, WRTV reports.
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[Featured Image: Richard Allen (Left), Police Sketches of Suspect (Top Right), Snapchat Photo of Suspect (Top Right), Liberty German and Abigail Williams (Bottom Right)]