Man indicted for murder in Kwasi Casey homicide case

Man indicted for murder in Kwasi Casey homicide case

DAYTON — A man was indicted on 11 charges, including murder, for the death of Kwasi Casey.

Ryan Reese, 24, was indicted on four counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault, two counts of extortion, two counts of kidnapping and gross abuse of a corpse.

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Kwasi Casey’s bones were found in two locations in the city last year, including a burned garage on Fountain Avenue and behind an apartment on Richmond Avenue.

Casey’s death was ruled a homicide by undetermined homicidal violence/trauma, according to the coroner’s office.

Casey was first reported as missing July 7 after police received a report of a suspicious person near Hilary Avenue and Eleanor Avenue. During the investigation, officers determined it appeared that Casey had been kidnapped.

Dayton police were called out to the garage in September after a man who said he was contracted to clean up the site reported finding a bone.

“I was cleaning out this garage and there’s a bone that looks like it belongs to a body. We don’t know if we want to keep messing with it or not,” the caller told 911 dispatchers. “It’s a big bone.”

Police left the scene early that afternoon, but the returned about two hours later and secured the area with police tape.

Dayton police Sgt. Robert Cligner said at the time officers did not think they were human, but when they got to the coroner’s office, they learned the remains might be human.

Police also recovered “homicide evidence” that included a bloody carpet, latex glove and casing from a bullet, according to a police report.

A second location where debris from the garage was dumped was also searched for additional remains.