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Sighting of suspected killer on day Indiana girls went missing

An affidavit supporting the arrest of an Indiana man in the murders of two teenage girls includes reports from several people who saw a man matching his description on the trail where the couple went missing.

Richard M. Allen, 50, of Delphi, was arrested in October 2022, more than five years after Abigail Williams, 13, and Liberty German, 14, were found dead in the woods near the city. The police have not disclosed the cause of death.

A key piece of physical evidence cited was an unused .40 caliber ammunition shell that was found next to the girls’ bodies. Forensic testing in October 2022 reportedly found that a Sig Sauer pistol had been “run through” by Allen.

Additionally, interviews with people on or near the trail on February 13, 2017 revealed that a man matching Allen’s description had been seen there — but not in the 90 minutes after he appeared to encounter Abby and Libby.

The map above shows locations mentioned in the affidavit released to the public on November 29, 2022.

  1. Mears farm. The path to Monon High Bridge can be accessed from a drop off point opposite the courtyard. From there it is a hike of about 0.4 miles.
  2. Monon High Bridge. The abandoned trestle above Deer Creek is a hiking destination.
  3. Approximate area where the girls’ bodies were found – about 0.2 miles northeast of the bridge.
  4. liberty bridge. A pedestrian bridge over Highway 25 approximately 0.7 miles (1.1 km) from the Monon High Bridge.
  5. Old railway bridge.
  6. Hoosier Harvestore, an agricultural machine shop, whose security camera is aimed at 300 North Street.
  7. Old building of the child protection service.

The affidavit details the activities of several people who were on or near the Monon High Bridge Trail on the day the girls went missing. With the exception of Allen, their names have been redacted from the document.

Abigail Williams and Liberty German

  • Around 1:48 p.m. They were dropped off opposite Mears Farm (1) by a family member. The video from Harvestore (6) shows the car on the road at 1:49.
  • 2:13pm: Video from a girl’s phone shows they were at Monon High Bridge (2) when they encountered a man in a dark jacket and jeans. In the video, one of the girls can be heard saying “gun”. Shortly after, the man is heard saying to them, “Guys, down the hill.” No one has seen the girls alive after that time.
  • 3:15 p.m.: The girls couldn’t meet Libby’s dad to drive home from the trailhead.
  • Around 5:30 p.m.: Family members reported her missing.
  • February 14: The bodies were found in the forest (3). Some of her clothing was found in Deer Creek.

three girls

  • Between 12:43 p.m. and about 1:40 p.m.: Three “teen women” walked west from the Monon High Bridge (2) to the Freedom Bridge (4). As they approached the Liberty Bridge, they met a man walking towards the Monon Bridge from the opposite direction. He wore baggy jeans and a blue or black jacket. Two of the girls said they greeted him and he didn’t answer. They said he was the only other person they saw on the trail.

woman 1

  • Around 1:45 p.m.: She said she passed under the old railway bridge (5) just west of the Liberty Bridge and saw four juvenile females on it.
  • 1:46 p.m.: Your car was on video driving past Harvestore (6) on 300 North Road east. A minute later she was parked across from Mears Farm; There were no other cars there, she said.
  • Between 1:47 p.m. and 2:13 p.m.: She was on the Monon Bridge Walk. She reached the bridge at around 2:00 p.m. and saw an adult white man wearing blue jeans and a blue jacket. He was the only adult she saw on the trail. Then she went back to her car. When she was about 350 meters from the parking lot, she encountered two girls walking in opposite directions towards the bridge; She thinks it was Abby and Libby.
  • 2:14 p.m.: Your car was seen westbound past the Harvestore video camera. About a third of a mile later she passed the old Child Protective Services building (7). She told investigators she noticed a vehicle there that was “strangely parked” and reversed near the building.

man 1

  • 2:10 p.m.: He drove past the Child Protection Services building and saw a “purple PT Cruiser or small SUV vehicle” parked there, backing on the south side of the building.

man 2

  • Around 2:30 p.m.: He saw a “smaller, darker car,” possibly a smart car, parked by the CPS building. His description of the location was similar to Man 1’s. The time was confirmed by a sighting of Man 2’s car in the Harvestore video.

woman 2

  • Approximately 3:57 p.m.: She was driving east on 300 North and saw a man walking west along the road, away from the Monon Bridge. He was wearing blue jeans and a blue jacket, and his clothes were smeared with what she thought was mud and blood. She said, “It seemed like he got into a fight.” The time was confirmed by a sighting of the woman’s car on Harvestore video.

Richard Allen

  • 1:27 p.m.: A car resembling one Allen owned at the time — a black 2016 Ford Focus — can be seen on Harvestore video on Westbound 300 North. Investigators described the car, a four-door hatchback, as “similar in nature” to a PT Cruiser, small SUV or smart car.

When questioned by investigators in 2017 and 2022, Allen gave this account of his whereabouts:

From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. he was on the Monon High Bridge Trail. He parked at what he described as “the old Farm Bureau building” — investigators believe he meant the CPS building — and walked about 800 feet to the Freedom Bridge. There he saw “three women” but did not speak to them. Then he walked the three-quarters of a mile to Monon Bridge, where he watched the fish. He said he also sat on a bench near the trail for a while. Except for the three girls near the Liberty Bridge, he said he didn’t see anyone. He said he was wearing blue jeans and a blue or black Carhartt hooded jacket.

other hikers

  • People who were out and about between 2:30 p.m. and 4:11 p.m. were interviewed. No one reported seeing a man of Allen’s description during this time.

Allen is a pharmacy technician and lives and works in Delphi, a city of about 3,000 people 50 miles northwest of Indianapolis. He is married and apparently childless, a neighbor told reporters.

Allen had no prior convictions other than three speeding tickets, WXIN reported at the time of his arrest.

On Friday, December 2, a judge issued an order granting the state’s request for a gag order in the case, at least until a hearing next month.

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