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PICTURED: Man, 50, who was arrested in connection with Indiana’s Delphi murders

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A man arrested under suspicion of carrying out the Delphi murders that saw two teen girls slain in 2017 has at long last been pictured – roughly a day after he was arrested in connection with the gruesome killings.

The suspect, 50-year-old Richard Allen, was booked in Indiana around midnight Friday – though it remains unclear what exactly he has been charged with. 

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Local outlet FOX59 has since obtained a state-issued photo of the potential perpetrator, who has evaded law enforcement for the better part of six years. 

The image shows a bearded, pale-face Allen peering straight ahead with a blank gaze and a shaved head – bearing some likeness to a 2017 sketch of the supposed killer released by police, which also showed a bearded, seemingly middle-aged man.

The suspect, 50-year-old Richard Allen, was booked in Indiana around midnight Friday - though it remains unclear what exactly he has been charged with.

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The suspect, 50-year-old Richard Allen, was booked in Indiana around midnight Friday – though it remains unclear what exactly he has been charged with.

Two sketches of the suspect in the Delphi murders. Allen's mugshot has not been released

Two sketches of the suspect in the Delphi murders. Allen's mugshot has not been released

Two sketches of the suspect in the Delphi murders. The state-issued photo bears some likeness to the 2017 sketch of the supposed killer released by police (at right), which also shows a bearded, seemingly middle-aged man

Initially booked into Carroll County Jail, the suspect within hours was moved to a state facility out of fears for his safety. 

Cops said the arrest revolves around the murders of Abigail Williams, 13, and Libby German, 14, who went missing while going for a walk along an abandoned train line in Delphi, Indiana, on February 13, 2017.

The girls’ savaged bodies were found the next day along a railroad bridge near Dear Creek, with police later saying the pair had been arranging to meet a man on the abandoned tracks.

Now, nearly six years later, the search has generated significant online speculation, thanks to puzzling pieces of evidence including a recording found on Libby German’s phone from just before her disappearance of a man seemingly ordering the girls to go ‘down the hill.’

The pair’s murders have since remained unsolved – with Allen’s arrest serving the first time his name has been publicly associated with the case. 

Abigail Williams, left, and Liberty German, right, were murdered in February 2017 after going for a walk. No one has ever been arrested for the 14-year-old girls' murders

Abigail Williams, left, and Liberty German, right, were murdered in February 2017 after going for a walk. No one has ever been arrested for the 14-year-old girls' murders

Abigail Williams, left, and Liberty German, right, were murdered in February 2017 after going for a walk. No one has ever been arrested for the 14-year-old girls’ murders

This is the suspect Libby filmed on her Snapchat account before she was murdered. She also recorded a man saying 'down the hill'

This is the suspect Libby filmed on her Snapchat account before she was murdered. She also recorded a man saying ‘down the hill’ 

A police reconstruction of the final snapchat images sent out by Libby German and Abigail Williams the day they died

A police reconstruction of the final snapchat images sent out by Libby German and Abigail Williams the day they died 

Additional information about Allen’s arrest, as well as his potential role in the long-unsolved case, is expected during a news conference Monday. 

At that point, Indiana State Police are sure to shed more light on the case – but until then, lawmen have said that they won’t provide any additional details about the investigation.

It comes as Delphi Police have been increasingly tight-lipped on crucial components of the investigation – including exactly how the girls died, and what kind of condition their bodies were in when they were discovered.

Since the start of their investigation nearly six years ago, the department held back that information –  in an apparent effort to protect their investigation as they looked for the killer. 

They have never revealed how the girls died, nor have they revealed the full contents of a video filmed by the girls on their phone in the moments before they were killed – footage that depicts a mysterious figure partially obscured by a hat and coat as he approaches the girls on the abandoned tracks. 

A shot of the Monon High Bridge Trail that the girls posted on social media before their disappearance

A shot of the Monon High Bridge Trail that the girls posted on social media before their disappearance

The only, vital piece of detail that has emerged from the police’s investigation stems from the video recorded off of German’s phone in which the approaching figure whispers ‘down the hill’ to the pair as he lurches toward them. 

Despite countless tips over the years and a number of suspects and persons of interest, police have so far been unable to solve the case.

They have not yet revealed what kind of evidence they have against Allen – with the Indiana resident’s arrest potentially marking a major turning point in the investigation.

The families of the two girls have yet to react to news of Allen’s arrest, which comes a little over a month after Indiana State Police officers, including a dive team, were seen searching the Wabash River 40 miles from where the two teens were last seen. 

Officials did not reveal what exactly officers had been looking for – or if their search helped lead to Allen’s arrest. 

 In May, it was reported that the man who owned the land where the teenage victims of the Delphi Bridge murders were found may have been the voice recorded by the girls in their final moments.

Logan was arrested in April 2017 after confessing to violating parole related to serial traffic violations. He was never named as a suspect in the killings of the girls and died in January

Logan was arrested in April 2017 after confessing to violating parole related to serial traffic violations. He was never named as a suspect in the killings of the girls and died in January

The FBI search warrant disclosed that Ron Logan couldn’t be definitively ruled out as the man heard saying ‘Down the hill,’ to Abby Williams and Libby German shortly before they died, due to his voice not being a match

Logan died in 2020 and was never formally named as a suspect in the February 2017 murders.

It also emerged that Williams and German were found covered in blood – and their killer took a twisted souvenir, a search warrant has revealed. 

Williams and German were found to have lost a large amount of blood when discovered dead close to an Indiana hiking trail in February 2017.

‘A large amount of blood was lost by the victims at the crime scene,’ an FBI search warrant read. It did not note how the girls had been wounded, but noted that there were no signs of a ‘struggle or fight.’

The warrant, obtained by the Murder Sheet podcast and released to Indianapolis FOX59, offered no further information on a murder weapon or cause of death.

Police have never disclosed how the two friends died after being stalked by their killer on a hiking trail, with information on the bloody crime scene offering a gruesome new detail.

Their killer likely got his victims’ blood on his clothes, the warrant also revealed, although no one has ever been charged with the double homicide.

Indiana State Police said in February they know who killed the girls, but say they have insufficient evidence to make an arrest.

Chillingly, FBI investigators believe the young friends’ killer took a souvenir from their corpses to provide a warped memento of his appalling crimes.

The warrant offered no further detail on what the souvenir was, although it did say that ‘the rest of (the girls’) clothing was recovered,’ implying that the killer had taken something they’d been wearing.

And sickeningly, the murderer ‘staged’ the girls’ bodies in a particular way after killing them, although it remains unclear exactly how he did this.

Investigators believe photographs or videos were likely shot of the grotesque set-up to ‘memorialize’ the crime scene.

Ron Logan spoke with reporters on his property days after the girls' bodies were found. He told them he had no idea how they could have gotten to where they were found

Ron Logan spoke with reporters on his property days after the girls’ bodies were found. He told them he had no idea how they could have gotten to where they were found

The warrant further revealed that the FBI had probable cause to search the home and property of Logan. The girls were discovered about 1,400 feet from Logan’s house.

Logan was arrested shortly after the killings, but was never charged, and died in 2020. He was a habitual traffic offender who served time behind bars for his crimes, but is not considered a suspect in the murders of Williams and German.

Lawmen are expected to shed more light on the investigation on Monday. 

MEN LINKED TO NOTORIOUS UNSOLVED MURDER 

Kegan Kline 

Kegan Kline, 28, of Peru, Indiana, was named as a possible suspect in the girls’ murders. He is said to have admitted talking to Libby German using a fake Instagram profile called Anthony_shots.  

The suspected pedophile – who is heavy-set and pasty-faced – used an image of a ripped and muscular young man to trick underage girls into speaking to him.

Kline is said to have arranged to meet with Libby on the Delphi High Bridge the day before she was murdered while walking along it. 

Kegan Kline, 28, in real life. He confessed to speaking to Abby and Libby online

The man Kegan Kline posed as when speaking to Abby and Libbu online

Kegan Kline, 28, (right) confessed to talking to Abby and Libby online before they were murdered. He posed as the ripped gentleman online when speaking to the girls

But he is also said to have shared his Anthony_shots password with others – including his father – and said his dad could be a prime suspect in the killings.

Kline is being held in jail after being arrested on separate child porn charges in 2020. Neither he nor his father have been arrested over the Delphi Bridge killings, which police continue to investigate.

James Chadwell II

James Chadwell II, 43, was characterized as 'absolute evil' by his own brother

James Chadwell II, 43, was characterized as ‘absolute evil’ by his own brother

James Chadwell, 43, was added as a suspect in 2021 after he was arrested and convicted for luring a nine-year-old girl to his home where he sexually assaulted and strangled her in his basement, 20 miles from where Abby and Libby were murdered. 

The girl survived, and Chadwell is currently serving a 90-year sentence for the attack.

In an interview with DailyMail.com in 2021, Chadwell’s brother characterized him as being ‘pure evil,’ and more than capable of the Delphi murders.

Authorities have released no connections between Chadwell and the Delphi murders.

Thomas Bruce, a killer and former pastor, resembled the man in the Delphi video

Thomas Bruce, a killer and former pastor, resembled the man in the Delphi video

Thomas Bruce

Thomas Bruce, a former pastor, was charged with fatally shooting one woman and sexually assaulting two others at a Catholic Supply store in St. Louis, Missouri, in November 2018.

Bruce was noted for having a similar stature to the man seen in the Delphi video, and also wore similar clothes during his St. Louis crime as the man in the video Libby and Abby took.

Indiana police looked into Bruce in connection to the Delphi murders, but no charges have been handed down. He is currently serving life in prison for his St. Louis crime.

Charles Eldridge

Charles Eldridge was arrested in Union City, Indiana, in 2019, after he arranged to meet somebody he thought was a teenage girl for sex.

Charles Eldridge bore a striking resemblance to a preliminary police sketch of the Delphi suspect

The original sketch of the Delphi suspect released by authorities. It later was updated show a clean-shaven man

Charles Eldridge (left) bore a striking resemblance to a preliminary police sketch of the Delphi suspect (right). The sketch was later updated to show a clean-shaven man

He was charged with child molestation, and was linked to the Delphi murders because of his strong resemblance to the man in the Delphi video, and a preliminary police sketch investigators had circulated of the suspect. 

Police say they ruled Eldridge out as a suspect, and that he did not match an updated sketch of the suspect.

John Miller

John D. Miller was arrested in 2018 for the 1988 murder of an 8-year-old girl, and threatened to kill again over the years

John D. Miller was arrested in 2018 for the 1988 murder of an 8-year-old girl, and threatened to kill again over the years

John Miller, 63, was arrested in 2018 for the 1988 cold-case rape and murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley. Miller lived two hours from Delphi at the time of his arrest. 

In the years before his arrest, Miller had left numerous notes in public places saying the killer of Tinsley would strike again. 

‘I kill 8-year-old April Marie Tinsley. I will kill again,’ one note found in 1990 read. 

No charges have been issued against Miller in relation to the Delphi case.

Daniel Nations

Daniel Nations, a registered Indiana sex-offender, was arrested in Colorado in September 2017 after threatening hikers with a hatchet. It was also reported that a cyclist was murdered on the same trail around the same time Nations was threatening the hikers. 

Nations was connected to the Delphi murder because of the similarities between the crimes, and because he bore a strong resemblance to the preliminary police sketch of the Delphi suspect. Police cleared nations as a suspect.

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