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Suspect in child's murder called 911 to report her missing

Jerrod Metsker in court Jerrod Metsker in court
Reann Murphy (Source: Family) Reann Murphy (Source: Family)

The man charged with killing a little girl in Wayne County was the one who called 911 to report the child missing.

Nine-year-old Reann Murphy went missing late Saturday afternoon while playing outside in the Smithville mobile home park. Her body was found hours later in a dumpster.

Witnesses tell police the child had been playing with her suspected killer before she disappeared.

24-year-old Jerrod Metsker, an autistic neighbor, is charged with her murder and jailed on a $1M bond.

19 Action News has learned Metsker was the one who placed the 911 call to report the child missing during the frantic search. [Mobile users may listen to the entire 911 call HERE]

"Yes, we have a missing person at Akron Road, um, the trailer park in Smithville, Ohio. Everybody is out searching for her and we can't find her," Metsker told the 911 dispatcher.

"Who is missing?" the dispatcher asked.

"A little girl. Reann," Metsker replied.

Reann's stepfather then took the phone to supply the dispatcher with information regarding her disappearance.

Metsker is expected back in court no December 23 unless he gets indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury on Friday.

Late Monday, the Wayne County coroner released the preliminary cause of death for Reann was strangulation. A final cause of death not expected for several weeks.

No motive has been released.

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