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Missing Ohio girl, 9, found dead in trash bin

  • Jarrod Metsger, 24, arrested in connection with death of Reann Murphy
  • Murphy found dead in dumpster hours after being reported missing, according to authorities
Missing Ohio girl, 9, found dead in trash bin

Authorities say a suspect is in custody after a 9-year-old Ohio girl was found dead in a dumpster near her home.

Jarrod Metsger, 24, was arrested at his residence Sunday in connection with the death of Reann Murphy, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

Murphy was last seen playing outdoors at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday near her family's mobile home park in Smithfield, Ohio, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Members of law enforcement, along with civilians, searched the area for hours for the missing girl. Deputies later found Murphy's body early Sunday morning in a trash bin near her home.

Authorities said Metsger is an acquaintance of the Murphy family. Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Lutz said Metsger and Murphy had been seen together Saturday. Authorities would not say how Murphy died or discuss a motive regarding her death.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations has removed the dumpster for processing, according to HLN affiliate WKYC

"Any violent death is troubling but the death of a child is much more so. We will leave no stone unturned as this investigation continues," said Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson.

Lutz said Metsger will be arraigned on aggravated murder charges Monday morning,

HLN was first alerted to this story via Twitter and confirmed via affiliate WKYC.

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