Ohio girl in trash bin: 9-year-old Reann Murphy's body was found in a dumpster Satruday near her home in Smithville after she went missing. A suspect has been taken into custody by the name of Jerrod Metsker, 24. He was considered a friend and neighbor of the family's.
Metsker was the last person seen with Reann. FOX News reports Dec. 16 that the two were building a snowman together in their trailer park just hours before she was reported missing. Authorities located the Ohio girl in a trash bin under some garbage a five hours after firefighters, police, and neighbors began the search for her.
12 hours after finding Reann's body, Metsker was arrested Sunday and a judge ordered he be held on $1 million bond. His preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 23.
Family members said the Ohio girl and her mother had just moved into the trailer park a few months ago when the school year started. They resided in an apartment that sat above a maintenance garage there.
Reann was being watched by her mother's live-in boyfriend while she was at work Saturday afternoon, authorities confirmed. The girl went outside to play with other kids from the trailer park in the snow. When they all went home, Reann was allegedly left alone with Metsker.
Metsker shared a home with his mother. Authorities questioned him immediately after learning he was the last one to see the Ohio girl found in a trash bin. He wasn't arrested right away until authorities felt they had more information.
The murder suspect's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 23, but the case could to grand jury on Friday if evidence is processed in time, the report said.
No motive for the 9-year-old's killing has been revealed. Charges will be ultimately determined once a motive is clarified, according to authorities. A coroner will examine the victim's body, but the girl was not shot or stabbed.
This Ohio girl who ended up being found in a trash bin was described as a child who loved to play outside and was a bit of a tomboy. Someone saw her as a target and followed through on an unimaginable crime. Whoever did this to Reann Murphy will hopefully be punished to the fullest extent of the law.