Recently unsealed affidavit details clues that led investigators to suspect in Delphi teenage girl murders


An unexpended .40 caliber bullet that was found near the bodies of two Indiana teenage girls was related to the suspect Richard Allen, who was arrested last month in connection with the murders, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The affidavit, unsealed by a judge on Tuesday, helps shed light on how investigators focused on Allen and arrested him more than five years since the February 2017 murder of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and of Liberty German, 14 years old. Allen is charged with two counts. of murder and pleaded not guilty.

The two girls went for a hike along Delphi’s historic trails in February that year, but never showed up at a previously agreed time to meet Libby’s father, the police. previously said. Their bodies were found the next day in a wooded area near the trailhead, about half a mile from the Monon High Bridge where they had been left, authorities said.

A grainy video of a man walking and a scrambled voice recording were among the few clues made public by authorities over the years.

Investigators believe the evidence they have gathered shows Allen was the man seen in Liberty’s phone video who forced the girls down a hill and led them to where they were. were killed, according to the affidavit.

Among that evidence is interviews with witnesses who were in the area where the teens decided to hike during a day off school on Feb. 13, 2017, as well as Libby’s phone video. The video shows a man in a dark jacket and jeans walking behind the girls and then telling them, “Guys, down hill,” according to the affidavit.

The two girls were dropped off in the area just before 1:50 p.m. that day, the affidavit states. Video shows they met the man at Monon High Bridge at 2:13 p.m.

A witness told investigators she saw a man walk away from that bridge later “wearing a blue colored jacket and blue jeans and was muddy and bloody”, and appeared to have been in a fight, the affidavit states. . The man was driving on a road adjacent to the crime scene, and investigators were able to determine that it happened shortly before 4 p.m.

Another witness told investigators she noticed a vehicle oddly parked in an old Child Protective Services building. Information received by investigators also referred to a vehicle parked in this building which “appeared to be backed up to conceal the license plate”. Investigators believe the description of this vehicle matched one of two vehicles Allen owned in 2017, the affidavit states.

When Allen spoke with an officer in 2017, he admitted he was on the trail for about two hours, the affidavit states. In a later interview in October 2022, Allen told authorities he went there to “fish watch”, wore jeans and a black or blue jacket and also said he had weapons that were in his home, according to the affidavit.

“On October 13, 2022, investigators executed a search warrant for the residence of Richard Allen,” the affidavit reads. “Among other items, officers found jackets, boots, knives and firearms, including a Sig Sauer, Model P226, .40 caliber pistol, serial number U 625,627.”

According to the document, investigators found an unexpended .40 caliber bullet within two feet of one of the bodies and between the two victims.

The lab results confirmed that the unspent cycle had been run by Allen’s Sig Sauer, the affidavit states. When Allen was asked about this result, he denied knowing their victims or having been involved in their murders, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit makes no reference to other participants in the girl murders, although Carroll County District Attorney Nick McLeland recently said in court that he had “good reason to believe that Richard Allen is not is not the only actor in this heinous crime”.

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