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Published On: Mon, Dec 16th, 2013

Jerrod Metsker arraigned in death of 9-year-old Reann Murphy, found in a trash can

An Ohio man was arrested Sunday in connection to the killing of the nine-year-old found dead in trash near her home.

Jerrod Metsker

Jerrod Metsker

Jerrod Metsker, age 24, is the girl’s neighbor, but officials didn’t offer any details or motive at this time.

Murphy was reported missing, last seen Saturday night at an outdoor park. Officers, firefighters and neighbors joined in the search for Reann, going door-to-door and combing area properties.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” Wayne County Prosecutor Dan Lutz said at the news conference. “It’s a horrific incident to take place at any time, especially during the holidays.”

Metsker was arraigned Monday morning as a county public defender was appointed for the man.

Lutz said a coroner will determine the cause of death but that the girl was not shot or stabbed.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Dec. 23.

Metsker was arrested at his home after he ignored knocks on his front door and deputies obtained a key from a family member, Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson said Sunday at a news conference.

Hutchinson described Metsker as a family friend and neighbor.

 Reann Murphy

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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