A 17-year-old male is charged after the body of an 18-year-old woman was found near the Reynoldsburg High School Summit Campus Monday night.
According to Reynoldsburg police, a man walking his dog near the high school in the 8500 block of Summit Road discovered the body of a female, identified as Danielle Michaels, at about 5:30 p.m. Monday.
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Detectives said Michaels' death appears to be suspicious and they are investigating it as a homicide.
"Almost immediately it was apparent that this was most likely a homicide. There were some injuries to the body and the condition of the crime scene itself led us to believe it was not suicide and it certainly was not going to be natural causes," said Reynoldsburg Police Chief Jim O'Neill.
Adrien McGee, 17, of Blacklick, was arrested in connection with the death Tuesday morning, according to police. He appeared in Licking County Juvenile Court Tuesday afternoon for a hearing before being transported to a juvenile detention center in Lancaster.
According to court documents, McGee will remain in the juvenile detention center because officials said they believe he is a danger to himself and a flight risk.
According to Michaels' family, the teen was reported missing by her mother several times over the weekend. The first report was filed Saturday afternoon when she was supposed to go to a party, but never showed up.
McGee had previously been questioned in connection to the missing reports because he was the last person seen with Michaels, according to police.
"Once we identified the victim we were able to do some fairly quick backtracking and determine who she had spent some of the time with over the weekend," said O'Neill.
According to Reynoldsburg police, McGee confessed to detectives that he had played an active role in her death. He told detectives that he and Michaels had been smoking marijuana prior to her death in Pine Quarry Park with a group of friends.
Detectives said the teen provided them with details that only a suspect would know.
"This person confessed and gave us significant indication that he was aware of the condition of the body, and the crime scene led us to believe at that point that we have the right person," said O'Neill.
According to court documents, Michaels was found with a laceration on her neck and arm, and a puncture wound in her neck. McGee allegedly admitted to purposely throwing a knife at Michaels, puncturing her neck. He also allegedly admitted to causing the injury on her arm. The injuries Michaels sustained led to her death.
O'Neill said a knife was recovered from McGee's home.
According to Licking County Prosecutor Kenneth Oswalt, the teenager has been charged with one juvenile count of murder. It is unclear at this time whether the current charge will be modified or added to in any way. His next court appearance is scheduled for November 27.
An autopsy for Michaels was scheduled for Tuesday morning to determine the official cause of death.
Lieutenant Ron Wright said Michaels was not a student at Reynoldsburg High School, but that she was taking online classes through the high school.
The Reynoldsburg High School Summit Campus and Summit Elementary School were closed Tuesday due to the police investigation.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification assisted Reynoldsburg police and the Licking County Coroner's Office with processing the scene.
It is typically NBC4's policy not to name juveniles, but McGee has been named because of the nature of the crime.
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