WMFD TV

Search Archive WMFD.com News

www.wmfd.com - The Wayne County Coroner says a missing 9-year-old girl found dead in a trash dumpster over the weekend was strangled. }}" />

   
 
 
Missing Wayne County Girl Died From Strangulation

Story By: Brigitte Coles

 

 

 
 
 
  Email Story to Friend
   
  Original Published: 12/17/2013

The Wayne County Coroner said a missing 9-year-old girl found dead in a trash dumpster over the weekend was strangled.

The preliminary autopsy finding on Reann Murphy was released Monday afternoon by coroner Amy Joliff.

A $1 million bond was set Monday for the man suspected of killing her, 24-year-old, Jerrod E. Metsker.

Metsker was arraigned in Wayne County Municipal Court. Metsker is charged with aggravated murder for the death of Reann Murphy. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested Metsker Sunday afternoon.

Murphy was reported missing Saturday just after 8:30 p.m. The prosecutor said in court that Murphy was last seen playing with Metsker in the courtyard of the trailer park where they both lived at 5912 Akron Road several hours before she was reported missing.

Sheriff's deputies along with firefighters, and volunteers searched for Murphy for several hours. Police found Murphy's body in a trash dumpster near her home Sunday morning at 1:35 a.m.

Authorities say Metsker made a 9-1-1 call to report Murphy missing and he also took part in a the search for Murphy.

Metsker remains in custody at the Wayne County Justice Center. He is due back in court on December 23 for a preliminary hearing.

Metsker has been described as a neighbor and friend to the Murphy family.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office have not discussed the motive for the crime.

   
  MORE RECENT NEWS
 
Image1 Mansfield police are investigating the death of a baby, who had lived in a house with what's described as a meth lab in the attic. Full Story
Image1 The Ohio District Five Area Agency on Aging held a roundtable discussion as part of Governor John Kasich and First Lady Karen Kasich's Start Talking initiative. Full Story
 
Image1 Richland County community leaders have some new ideas to consider, as they pursue economic growth for an area hit hard by the recession, job losses, and a population decline. Full Story
Image1 The Richland County Chapter of the American Red Cross is gearing up for its Hero Award of Richland County celebration. Full Story
  MORE NEWS
 

Red Cross Hero Awards Set For May 1

Mansfield Man Indicted On Heroin And Cocaine Dealing Charges

Eagle Scout Candidate Indicted For Rape Claim At Blood Drive

Mansfield Native Prepares for 4th Iditarod

Lexington Plants Three Trees For Arbor Day Celebration

Center celebrates transition in leadership with book sale

Weirich Waste Teams Up With Stingel For Recycle Days

More News