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Man arraigned in death of 9-year-old found in dumpster

Jerrod Metsker, 24 of Smithville, OH has been been arraigned on aggravated murder charges Monday in the death of Reann Murphy, 9, also from Smithville.Bond was set at $1 million and Metsker was assigned a public defender.

Reann was last seen at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, playing outside in a community area of the mobile home park where she lives. Authorities arrived on the scene at approximately 8:30 p.m that evening.Reann's body was found inside of a dumpster located on the grounds at 1:30 a.m.

According to reports, Metsker is a neighbor of Reann and her family but authorities are not releasing what led them to Metsker or Reann's cause of death at this time.Metsker was arrested Sunday afternoon.

Reann's father, Richard Murphy Jr. saw as his daughters lifeless body was found in the dumpster “I just want you to know, Reann, I love you with all my heart and I miss you so much.” He went on to say “I want the worst for the guy, but it’s still not going to bring back my daughter.” Feelings I think many of us can understand.

Sources: Fox8

Article originally published Dec 16, 2014 by Dawn Jones on

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