WAYNE – An arrest has been made after a 9-year-old girl was found dead Sunday morning.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has arrested 24-year-old Jerrod Metsker in the death of Reann Murphy.

Murphy was reported missing just before 8:30 p.m. The child was last seeing playing in a shared area of a park in the area of 5900 Akron Road in Smithville. around 5:30 p.m. Murhpy was seen around Metsger at the park by neighbors.

Deputies, firefighters, and volunteers began to search the area around the mobile home park when they came upon a dumpster near the child's home. At 1:35 a.m. they found Reann in the dumpster dead.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations has removed the dumpster to be processed at the Richfield BCI facility.

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

Metsker will be arraigned at 8:15 in a Wayne County courtroom Monday morning.

If you have any information on this case you are urged to contact the Wayne County Sheriff's Department at 330.287.5750 or email

If you would like to offer your condolences friends and family are asked to go to a candle light vigil at 6 p.m. at Apple Creek Park.

WKYC has a crew on the scene and will bring you the latest as this story continues to develop.

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