Miami Valley Murder Mysteries

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 1:09 PM
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012 @ 10:09 PM

Some murders go unsolved and some killers slip through the cracks.  Time passes and families of the victims lose hope. News Center 7 investigates four unsolved murders.


CASE #1  View the video

Karen Goff, 20, was attacked and murdered in Kettering 25 years ago.  Her family is still waiting for justice..

"I woke up at 5’oclock in the morning.  I felt something was wrong,” said Mary Beth Marino.  

Something was very wrong that December day in 1987.  Karen’s father found her body inside the house he owned on Carew Dr. No one has ever been charged in the case, which was recently reopened by the Kettering Police Department. 

Call Detective Vincent Mason at 937-296-2583 if you have information.  


CASE #2  View the video

Corey Turner was a long-time substitute teacher in Dayton and a popular organist and choir director at his church.

Last December, the 39-year old man was murdered for his car and credit cards.

Members of the choir went to  his Harrison Township apartment when he failed to show up for rehearsal but the maintenance staff would not let them inside.  Later, deputies went inside and found Turner’s body.  

"Somebody knows what happened to this guy. Somebody’s bragged about it,” said Det. Brad Daugherty of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information should call Det. Daugherty at 937-478-0772. 


CASE #3  View the video

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information in the baffling murder of two loved and respected members of a small farming community.

Robert and Colleen Grube were found murdered in their farmhouse near Fort Recovery on November 30, 2011.

The elderly man was duct-taped to his wheelchair and killed, along with daughter, Colleen, who was his caretaker.

“The hardest thing is not knowing why or who.  Those are the two questions I really wanted answered,” said Tracy Grube about the murders of her father and sister.

Contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 567-890-TIPS (8477). You can also post information on


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Carla Davis was six months pregnant and what her killer did to her, investigators said, was one of the most gruesome crimes they’d ever seen.

The murder still haunts her mother.

“I  miss baby.  I miss my friend,” said Rosetta Byrd of Dayton.

The 13-year-old case was recently reopened by Patricia Tackett of the Dayton Police Cold Case Unit.

Call Det. Tackett at 937- 333-7109 if you have information about the murder of Carla Davis and her unborn child.   

Residents on alert after Eaton barn arsons

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 7:38 PM
Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 11:43 AM
By: Staff Report

Eaton residents are being warned to be on guard after two fires claimed barns in a week.

Firefighters said the two fires are suspcious, and the incidents both took place the past two Friday mornings. They also are blocks apart from one another.

The city’s fire chief is warning residents to watch their properties and keep an eye out for neighbors. Any unusual activity should be reported to authorities.

Child sex assault case heading to grand jury

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 6:53 PM
Published: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 7:43 PM
By: Staff Report

Prosecutors will seek charges of rape and gross sexual imposition against an 18-year-old male and hope to present the case to a Montgomery County grand jury next week, a Dayton police sergeant said Wednesday.

Charles Owens was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Dayton Municipal Court on sex charges involving a 5-year-old boy.

Owens, arrested Monday on suspicion of those charges, was released from a juvenile detention center in Tennessee on July 24 after serving three years, Dayton police Sgt. Larry Tolpin said, noting that the time served was not for a sex offense.

Owens is originally from Dayton. The offenses he is accused of committing are believed to have taken place three days after his release from the center, police said.

WPAFB civilian employees return to work

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 6:27 PM
Published: Monday, October 07, 2013 @ 9:20 AM
By: Breaking News Staff -

Despite the ongoing government shutdown, civilian employees of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base returned to work today.

A notice sent over the weekend instructs "All Air Force Materiel Command civilians" to report for duty at their normal time.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to bring our entire team back to work," said Col. Cassie Barlow, 88th Air Base Wing Commander. "While it will take some time to catch up from last week's disruption, I'm confident our team is more than capable of meeting this challenge."

Approximately 8,700 base employees were furloughed last week.

Mike Turner trying to get WPAFB furloughs ended

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 6:27 PM
Published: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 11:40 PM
By: Frazier Smith - Breaking News Team

While U.S. Rep. Mike Turner says he's clearly making progress toward getting furloughed Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees back to work during the government shutdown, he was less clear about whether he would give up his salary during the shutdown.

"I am working for the people of the community to get everyone back to work," Turner, 10th congressional district, told News Center 7's Layron Livingston in a telephone interview Tuesday evening, on day one of the shutdown. "I will continue to do that."

When Livingston asked Turner whether it's fair that he and other members of Congress continue to be paid while some of their staff go without pay, Turner said, "We're at work. We're at work making certain that we get this resolved. And that's what's important."

On the issue of trying to get Wright-Patt workers back on the payroll, Turner said he has sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pointing out the language in the bill President Obama signed authorizing military uniformed troops to be paid and remain on duty during the shutdown.

Hagel's office has indicated that he is reviewing the issue, Turner said, and "there is an opportunity that perhaps some of the furloughs that have been recommended at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base can be lessened."

Turner said he's not sure how many employees could be affected. More than 8,700 civilian workers at the base are included in the estimated 800,000 government workers who have been furloughed because of the shutdown.

"I was surprised that Secretary Hagel had furloughed anyone" at Wright-Patt because of the language in the bill and the law, Turner said, noting the language authorizes him to keep on anyone who is in support of the armed forces.

"We're going to continue the fight over the next several days to get the Pentagon to recognize that people working for the armed forces, whether they be uniform or civilian, ought to be at work and ought to be paid."

Turner and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio agree that the government should not have been shut down. Neither one has any idea how long the shutdown will last.

But on the issue of whether members of Congress should be drawing a paycheck during the crisis, Brown said he would do what he did the last time the government was partially shut down by Congress.

"I plan to, starting today [Tuesday], to do what I did 18 years ago...give my salary to charity," Brown told a Cox reporter in Washington.

Brown said one of the charities will be Honor Flight, the nonprofit that honors America's veterans by taking them to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorials.

"I'm not going to judge others that aren't doing that," Brown said of giving up his salary. "I just think it's the way we should operate."