New photo shows Richard Allen in Delphi murder case: report

Liberty ‘Libby’ German and Abigail ‘Abby’ Williams. (Images via FBI).

Update, Monday, October 31: Richard Allen first photographed in orange jail.

As TV news crews predictably swarmed Delphi, Indiana, for details and clues about the man believed to have been taken into custody in connection with the murders of two young teenage girls, a local TV station reported. released an image on Saturday which she says depicts the man currently behind bars.

German Liberty “Libby”14 years old, and her best friend Abigail “Abby” Williams13, disappeared while walking the Monon High Bridge Trail near Delphi, Indiana on February 13, 2017. The trail crosses an abandoned section of the old Monon Railroad and is named accordingly.

A photo shows the Monon High Bridge in Delphi, Indiana.

A screenshot from WTHR-TV and YouTube shows the Monon High Bridge and a small memorial for the two young teenagers killed nearby.

Specific details of the case have remained slim for more than five years. Authorities said the girls likely lost a considerable amount of blood, the girls’ bodies were “moved and staged” to where they were found, and the killer or killers took away a memento from the scene.

Indiana State Police said Friday a press conference Monday would reveal a significant development in the small-town mystery that has captured national attention. However, neither the state police nor the local gendarmerie would officially guarantee the identity of a suspect or suspects currently in custody or the precise nature of the promised update.

The official reluctance to provide details, however, was penetrated by Friday’s television reports from Indianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN and NBC affiliate WTHR. These two competitors have each independently reported that Richard Allen had been imprisoned in connection with the Delphi murders. The reports came from anonymous people within the state police.

Late Saturday afternoon, WXIN released what it called a “state-released photo” of Allen (embedded above) and said a “government source” confirmed it was genuine . The image may have been a driver’s license photo, but WXIN was unclear.

Jail records reviewed by Law&Crime repeatedly on Friday and again on Saturday indicate that a Richard Matthew Allen, 50, was listed as “in custody” at Carroll County Jail in Delphi, Indiana, early Friday afternoon. Later Friday, he was listed as being in the custody of the White County Sheriff’s Department in Monticello, Indiana, about 20 minutes from Delphi. On Saturday, both records remained the same, and several local news reports suggested Allen had been moved out of Carroll County for security reasons.

A photo shows Richard Matthew Allen

A screenshot from the VineLink website has two sparsely filled entries for Richard Matthew Allen.

The specific charges Allen faces have not been disclosed and are not included in available jail lists. A state court system website contains no relevant entries; the case would be sealed. Neither Carroll nor White County officials would respond to questions when contacted by Law&Crime, except for one person in White County who would only confirm that Allen was in custody.

The lack of official details has created an information vacuum largely fueled online by the sharing and re-sharing of social media posts that claim to depict the man in question. And, naturally, the TV stations that injected Allen’s name into the ether beat the beat in Delphi by asking anyone in the town of under 3,000 who knew him and what he looked like. .

Courtney Spinelli, a reporter for the FOX affiliate, spoke to one of Allen’s neighbors. That man, Joe Seurynck, said he had seen “a few police cars” on Allen’s property in the past week, but hadn’t “thought much about them.” Spinelli also said neighbors saw officers digging a “hearth” in Allen’s yard.

A photo shows Richard Allen's Delphi, Indiana burn pit.

A WXIN screenshot shows what reporters described as a “fire pit” behind Richard Allen’s house. The grave was searched by police, neighbors reportedly told the TV station.

WXIN, which also subpoenaed a reporter Max Lewis speaking to residents, said most residents felt a sense of “relief” that an arrest had been made.

Many Delphi residents have praised the German and Williams families for their strength over the years. Several said they were happy to offer their friendship and support in the face of extreme grief. Some said the arrest signified the start of putting the ordeal behind the small community. Others have suggested that the murders themselves presaged the end of an innocence that could never be fully regained.

Chandler Underhill, the manager of The Brick & Mortar Pub, told WXIN that Allen was something of a regular at his establishment. (The TV station used the phrase “fairly frequent customer.”)

“I would talk; he wouldn’t say much,” Underhill reportedly said of Allen. “He seems like a normal guy.”

“One of my servers was telling me he wouldn’t talk much,” Underhill told WXIN.

Underhill also highlighted the fears of many in the community that a local person, not a stranger from elsewhere, would have come under some form of suspicion in the double murder.

A photo shows an artist's sketch of a suspect in the Delphi murders.

Several police sketches of possible suspects in the Delphi murders have been enacted over the years. One, via WTHR-TV/YouTube screenshot, is shown here.

“It’s scary that it could really be someone you knew,” Underhill continued. “Like they always say, it could be your neighbor or someone you know, but then you’re like – ‘no’ – and when you find out it’s true, it’s kind of scary.”

According to WXIN, the bartender indicated that Allen was working in town — presumably at a CVS, where Underhill said he would go “as a customer” and Allen would “say, ‘do you need any help?'”

“Just like a normal guy I’ve seen for the past two years, not really thinking about anything,” Underhill added.

A WTHR reporter knocked on the door of the house Allen allegedly owns; no response was received.

This NBC affiliate recalled in its extensive Friday night coverage what the Indiana State Police Superintendent said during a briefing years ago.

‘To the killer – who may be in this room: we believe you are hiding in plain sight,’ said the superintendent Doug Carter said in 2018.

Coverage from WTHR’s team station is below.

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Jack C. Nugent