Are the Delphi Murders Finally Solved?

By Hannah Lozada

For over 5 years, the case of the Delphi Murders had remained unsolved. It seemed like the case would forever remain that way. However, a suspect has recently been arrested and charged for the murders of the two victims. 

It is unknown why 50-year-old Richard M. Allen was taken into custody; the court hadn’t publicized the charging documents. However, authorities confirmed that Allen is currently being charged with two counts of murder for the 2017 deaths of Abigail “Abby” Joyce Williams (13), and Liberty “Libby” Rose German (14).

On Monday, February 13, 2017, at approximately 1:35 p.m., Abby and Libby were dropped off at County Road 300 North by Libby’s older sister, Kelsi German. The girls planned to hike on the Monon High Bridge directly over Deer Creek. 

At 2:07 p.m., Libby posted a picture of Abby walking across the bridge; after that, they weren’t heard from again. They were supposed to meet up with Liberty’s father at 3:15 p.m. After the girls didn’t show up, both of the families tried to search for the girls themselves before contacting the police. The girls were reported missing at 5:30 p.m.  

Authorities quickly searched the surrounding area and didn’t suspect anything odd about their disappearance. However, this assumption would change the next day around noon, when the girls’ bodies were found on the north bank of Deer Creek. According to the police, the bodies were found about half a mile away from the Monon High Bridge. The authorities publicized the few clues that they have gathered over the years. This includes a low quality video and audio recording of a man walking in the surrounding area; reportedly telling the girls to go down the hill.

The killer wasn’t found for almost 6 years until investigators arrested Richard M. Allen on October 28, 2022. It took a couple of years, but the girls were finally given justice.

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