Delphi, IN – Déjà Vu in Delphi: Snapchat Encounter Draws Man to 15-Year-Old Girls in Woods

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Delphi, IN – In a disturbing reminder of the past, Delphi, Indiana, finds itself at the center of a story strikingly similar to a tragic event that shook the community years ago.

Over the weekend, Delphi Police were alerted to a situation involving a 24-year-old man who had reportedly led two 15-year-old girls into the woods at Riley Park, after connecting with one of them via Snapchat. Upon arrival, officers found the trio 100 yards into the woods, engaging in illegal drug use.

According to the Delphi Police, the man, whose name has not been disclosed, traveled to Delphi from another town believing the girls to be 19. The legal implications of the man’s actions remain unclear, but the incident has reignited concerns over the safety of minors on social media platforms.

This event eerily parallels the 2017 double murder of Abigail Williams and Liberty German in Delphi, a case that remains under the national spotlight. The girls, who had also encountered their assailant online, were found murdered near the Monon High Bridge, leading to an extensive, yet initially fruitless, investigation. 

Richard Allen, a Delphi resident, was later charged in connection with their deaths, with significant developments in the case continuing to unfold. As the community reflects on the seven-year anniversary of Williams and German’s deaths, the latest incident serves as a harrowing reminder of the vulnerabilities associated with online interactions. Delphi Police are urging parents and guardians to monitor their children’s online activities closely to prevent similar situations from occurring. The legal proceedings against Richard Allen continue, with a notable court hearing scheduled for March 18th.

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