A suspect has been detained, according to police, in connection with the killings of two teenagers that shocked a small Indiana town more than five years ago. The remains of Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were discovered in 2017. Richard M. Allen, 50, of Delphi, Indiana, was arrested last week and charged with two counts of murder on Friday.
At a preliminary hearing, Allen entered a not guilty plea, Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland announced at a press conference on Monday. The hearing dates for Allen, who is being held without bond in the White County jail, are in January and March 2023.
Officials merely stated that a court found the probable cause; they did not detail the sequence of events or the evidence that led to Allen’s arrest. On Monday, it wasn’t apparent if Allen had a lawyer. To safeguard the current investigation, the probable cause affidavit and charging material were sealed by court order, according to McLeland.
Again, this is not that day, according to Superintendent Douglas Carter of the Indiana State Police. “The day will come when additional details can be revealed,” Carter said. It concerns Abby and Libby, their families, and this neighbourhood.
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The relatives of Liberty and Abigail and the people of Delphi, who have closely followed the investigation, had been anticipating the arrest for a long time. The teens were residents of the small community roughly 70 miles northwest of Indianapolis. The Abby and Libby Memorial Park in Delphi is a park created as a tribute to the teens’ love of sports and the great outdoors.
Grandmother to Liberty Patty has been posting a picture on Facebook daily for years in memory of the girls, generally with the caption “Today is the day.” Family members and neighbours have used those four phrases to draw attention to the case while it has remained unsolved. Patty posted on Facebook on Saturday, “Now I sit here not needing to do it since at long last we have a face to go with our monster.”
The two companions had gone on a hike on the Delphi Historic Trails on February 13, 2017, and when they failed to come home that afternoon, their families reported them missing. The girls’ bodies were discovered in a forested area close to the route the next day by a search party made up of community volunteers.
The girls’ autopsies have remained under wraps, even though authorities first withheld the cause of death, simply stating that the matter was being investigated as a double homicide.