A man has been charged with the murder of two teenage girls in Indiana five years ago, U.S. police said.
Richard Allen, 50, was arrested last Wednesday for the killings of Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, who died on a school day hike.
On February 13, 2017, relatives of one of the girls dropped them off on a trail near the Monon High Bridge outside their hometown of Delphi, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis.
They were reported missing that night after they failed to show up at their scheduled meeting place.
The children’s bodies were found the next day in a rugged area near the trail.
Their deaths were ruled a double homicide, but more than five years after the killings, police have not revealed how the girls died or described the evidence they had in their cases.
Allen, of Delphi, was formally charged with two counts of murder on Friday.
He is being held at the White County Jail without bail.
“It’s concerning that he’s a local,” Carroll County Attorney Nicholas McClelland said of Allen.
Allen entered a plea of not guilty at his initial hearing on Friday.
“We haven’t closed the door on the investigation,” Mr McClelland said when asked if authorities were investigating others.
“We’re not assuming anything at this point.”
In the days after the killing, investigators released two blurry photos showing a suspect walking on an abandoned railway bridge visited by the girls, and a recording of a man, believed to be the suspect, who Say “down the hill”.
Authorities later released two sketches of the suspected killer, one of which was based on video from Liberty’s phone in April 2019, which is believed to be more accurate than the one released in July 2017.
Police also released video in April 2019 showing the man suspected of killing the teenage girl walking on an abandoned railway bridge that the girls had visited.