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Delphi murders: Knife likely used in killing of 2 girls on hiking trail, docs reveal

Newly released records in the Delphi murders investigation shed light on how Indiana authorities linked a local CVS worker to the tragic 2017 incident and shed light on the possible circumstances of the girls’ deaths.

The suspect, Richard Allen, is believed to have used a sharp object to end the lives of Liberty “Libby” German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, on February 14, 2017, while the two teenagers were strolling along a well-known hiking path in Delphi, according to court papers unsealed on Wednesday.

Initially, investigators questioned Allen in the same year after witnesses and surveillance footage connected him and his car to the crime scene. He confessed to being on the Monon High Bridge Trail on the day the girls went missing, as per court documents.

The girls’ relatives had dropped them off at the trail around 1:50 p.m. that day and grew concerned when they couldn’t reach or locate them later on. The girls were reported missing, and their bodies were discovered in a wooded area less than 24 hours later on February 14.

A pair of underwear and a sock were reportedly missing from the crime scene when law enforcement arrived. Beneath Libby’s body, a phone was found, containing a 43-second video showing Abigail walking towards Libby on the Monon High Bridge while a man in dark attire followed behind her, instructing the girls to go “down the hill.”

Abigail and Libby were among six girls who went for a walk on the Monon High Bridge that afternoon. The other four girls confirmed seeing a man in dark clothing on the trail that day.

Based on the investigation, authorities suspect that a firearm and a knife were involved in the abduction and murder of the girls. A medical examiner concluded that the girls died from homicide and had wounds consistent with a sharp object.

In a subsequent interview with Allen and his wife in October 2022, Allen confirmed his attire on the day of the incident, which matched the description of the man seen in the video taken by Libby’s phone. Subsequently, a search warrant executed at the Allens’ residence led to the recovery of incriminating items.

Approximately 100 documents related to Allen’s case were unsealed following a petition by journalist Áine Cain and attorney Kevin Greenlee, who have been closely monitoring the Delphi murders case. They expressed satisfaction with the court’s decision to release the documents for public scrutiny while acknowledging the need to protect sensitive information when necessary.

Delphi Murders: Knife Likely Used in Killing of 2 Girls on Hiking Trail, Docs Reveal

Delphi Murders: Knife Likely Used in Killing of 2 Girls on Hiking Trail, Docs Reveal

In a recent development in the tragic case of the Delphi murders, new documents have revealed that a knife was likely used in the killing of two young girls on a hiking trail in Delphi, Indiana. The case, which has gained national attention, remains unsolved as investigators continue to search for answers.

Details of the Case

On February 13, 2017, 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German went for a hike on the Monon High Bridge trail in Delphi. The girls never returned home, and their bodies were found the next day near the trail. The case has baffled investigators and the community, with no arrests made in the years since the girls’ deaths.

The recent revelation that a knife was likely used in the killings has sparked new interest in the case. While the exact details of how the knife was involved have not been released to the public, it suggests that the crime was likely a violent and brutal one.

Possible Suspects

Despite years of investigation and numerous tips from the public, law enforcement has yet to identify a suspect in the Delphi murders. The release of this new information about the knife used in the killings may prompt new leads and potential suspects to come forward.

One of the challenges in solving this case is the lack of DNA evidence or other forensic clues that could lead to a suspect. However, investigators remain hopeful that with the public’s help, they will be able to bring the perpetrator to justice.

How You Can Help

If you have any information about the Delphi murders or know of someone who may be involved, please contact the Indiana State Police or the FBI. Even the smallest tip could be the key to solving this case and bringing closure to the families of Abigail and Liberty.

Benefits and Practical Tips

  • Stay vigilant while hiking or in remote areas
  • Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement
  • Spread awareness about cold cases like the Delphi murders
  • Support the families of victims of unsolved crimes

Case Studies

One of the most well-known cases of a knife being used in a high-profile murder is the O.J. Simpson trial. The infamous knife allegedly used in the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman was a key piece of evidence in the trial, leading to Simpson’s acquittal.

First Hand Experience

As a resident of Delphi, I remember the shock and sadness that swept through our community after the murders of Abigail and Liberty. The case has haunted us for years, and we are hopeful that the recent developments will lead to justice for the girls and their families.


The Delphi murders continue to be a painful and unresolved chapter in our community’s history. The revelation that a knife was likely used in the killings sheds new light on the case and may provide investigators with the break they need to solve it. We urge anyone with information to come forward and help bring closure to this tragic story.



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