Man charged with 2017 murders of Abby Williams and Libby German
Delphi, Indiana: On February 13, 2017 13-year-old Abby Williams and 14-year-old Libby German were walking together along a trail when they were approached by a man who told them, "Guys, ...down the hill."
Libby captured the encounter on her cell phone and that footage has been circulated widely on the internet since.
Their bodies were found the following day not far from where they went missing.
During a press conference on Monday, October 31, Indiana State Police confirmed that 50-year-old Richard M. Allen has been charged with their murders.
According to the sparse information released at this time, Allen was taken into custody on Wednesday, October 26. On Friday, October 28 Allen was formally charged with two counts of murder and entered a preliminary plea of not guilty.
He is being held without bond in the White County Jail.
Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland stated during the press conference that "This investigation is still very much ongoing. We're keeping the tip line open, the tip e-mail open. We encourage everyone to continue to call in tips not only about Richard Allen, but about any other person that you may have."
Citing the ongoing investigation, and the nature of the case, McLeland stated "The probable cause and the charging information has been sealed by the court. I have been very clear to everybody that per the court order, we can not talk about the evidence that is in the probable cause or the evidence that is in the charging information."
"That will become evident to you at some point, and it will be released" he promised, "but right now is not that day."
According to WXIN Allen is not cooperating with law enforcement.
Allen is scheduled to be back in court on January 13, 2023 at 9:00 am for a pre-trial hearing with his trial scheduled for March 20, 2023 at 9:00 am.
During the press conference Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter thanked "literally hundreds of media outlets that have been steadfast in reporting and keeping the memories of Abby and Libby front and center."
Perhaps one day there will also be an arrest in the case of Sarah Boehm and Kathryn Menendez.
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