A 9-year-old girl reported missing in northeast Ohio Saturday night, was discovered dead in a trash bin near her home early Sunday, Wayne County Sheriff's Office announced today. Reann Murphy was last seen playing outdoors near her mobile home in Smithville, 30 miles southwest of Akron, at around 5:30 p.m., according to ABC News 5 Cleveland on Dec. 15. Police have arrested a neighbor in the girl's murder this afternoon.
"Any violent death is troubling but the death of a child is much more so", said Sheriff Travis Hutchinson via news release. The sheriffs office was called to the home at about 8 p.m. Saturday. After an exhausting search by law enforcement, the girl's murdered body was found at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in a trash dumpster.
Sheriffs arrested 24-year-old Jarrod Metsger Sunday afternoon. Police described Metsger as a neighbor and acquaintance of the Murphy family at a news conference. No motive for the killing has yet been released.
Meanwhile, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation joined the local law enforcement authorities Sunday to investigate the crime scene.
Marilyn Briggs, who lives in a home adjacent to the mobile home park, said she didn't know Reann Murphy nor her family, but was still understandably shaken by the girl's killing.
Briggs said the news sickened her, especially being so close to Christmas, according to Fox News. "It's just awful. You never think something like that is going to happen in your area".
Briggs described the park as a "bit run-down", but added that the area was generally safe. She said in the eight years she's lived there, she isn't aware of any serious crimes being committed in the area.
Any individuals with information surrounding this case are being urged to call the Wayne County Sheriff's Office at 330-287-5750, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hutchinson vowed no stone will be left unturned until this murder is fully investigated.