Autopsy: Ohio girl likely died from strangulation

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Associated Press

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 6:03 PM

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A coroner says a 9-year-old girl found dead over the weekend in an Ohio trash bin likely died of strangulation.

Findings from an initial autopsy released Monday indicate second-grader Reann Murphy was strangled with an unknown object.

A 24-year-old man who lived near the girl's family has been arrested. Neighbors say he had been seen building a snowman with the girl and helped search for her after she was reported missing Saturday.

A sheriff's investigator says Jerrod Metsker was the last person seen with the girl at the trailer park where they lived near Akron.

Metsker is being held on $1 million bond following a court appearance by video Monday. His relatives and attorney aren't commenting.

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