WOOSTER, Ohio — A grieving father looked stunned as he attempted to put the loss of his daughter into words.
Richard Murphy Jr. spoke with Fox 8 News right after the suspect in his daughter’s murder was arraigned Monday.
“This is my daughter that this happened to. I don’t know what to say about it, I don’t even know what to think about it, I just wish it wouldn’t have happened,” Murphy said.
Reann Murphy, 9, of Smithville, was reported missing Saturday. Hours later, her body was found in a dumpster in the mobile home community where she lived with her mother.
“I watched them take my daughter out of the trash can,” Richard Murphy, who lives in Creston, said.
He joined the search in Smithville for about seven hours before the discovery was made.
“I don’t even know what to think about it. I’m used to waking up and being able to talk to my daughter and I can’t do that no more,” said Richard Murphy. “I just want you to know, Reann, I love you with all my heart and I miss you so much.”
Richard Murphy said he remembered a recent moment when Reann sat next to him. She rubbed his head and told him she loved him.
“I hope nobody has to go through this,” he said of the loss.
Jerrod Metsker, 24, was arrested Sunday. He was charged with aggravated murder in Reann’s death and bond was set at $1 million.
He lived in her neighborhood and was seen with the girl before her disappearance, but investigators would not comment on what led them to him.
They also did not disclose Reann’s manner of death.
Richard Murphy said he did not know Metsker.