Man Arrested In Connection With 2012 Murder Of Man Found In Dumpster


Detectives arrested a man in connection with a 2012 murder early Friday morning.

Franklin County Jail deputies said 21-year old DeWhite Riley was charged in connection with the murder of 45-year-old Dean Reinhard.

Reinhard was found in the trash, inside the Rumpke transfer facility on Fields Avenue on Jan. 25, 2012.

Initially, detectives weren't certain whether Reinhard's death was an accident or something more sinister.

But within hours of the discovery of his body, several area businesses recorded surveillance video of four suspects using Reinhard's bank and credit cards.

And an autopsy revealed the cause of death was strangulation.

It's not clear what led detectives to Riley on Thursday night, but they'd previously said the victim was assaulted and robbed near a home on East Fulton Street on Columbus' near east side.

Neighbors told 10TV that Riley lived just across the street at the time the crime occurred.

Detectives said Reinhard ended up on the near east side after he was asked to leave a university district apartment where he had been living, just two days prior to his death.

Reinhard's father told 10TV he has forgiven Riley and hopes God forgives him.

He said the arrest may finally help their family put this tragedy behind them and bring them peace.

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