The man accused of killing a Findlay woman is in court today. 21 year old Daniel Bixler made an initial appearance via video in Findlay Municipal Court.
Bixler has been charged in the murder of 24 year old Vera Jo Reigle of Findlay. Reigle's body was found on a train trussle over the Blanchard River early Sunday morning in Hancock County. Judge Jonathan Starnes has set Bixler's bond at one million dollars cash and remanded him back to Hancock County jail. Bixler is being charged with aggravated murder. He had just been released from a 2 year prison term on March 3rd from convictions in Seneca County. A 17 year old female has also been charged in Reigle's death and is being held at the Seneca County Juvenile Detention Facility.
Authorities are painting a gruesome scene around the death of 24 year old Vera Jo Reigle. An autopsy performed in Lucas County Monday, found that the cause of death was multiple trauma. Hancock County Coroner Mark Fox tells Your News Now that Reigle had numerous blunt and sharp trauma injuries to her torso, head and legs. The Findlay Police Department is handling the investigation and says that Bixler was taken into custody on an unrelated incident. The investigation is on-going and told there are still more people to interview.
Family members of Reigle are still trying to sort out the details surrounding her murder. Your News Now sat down with Reigle's cousin Cheri Brooks Tuesday afternoon to hear her story of how things unfolded that night. Brooks says that Vera Reigle was developmentally disabled. She also identified the 17 year old minor as Nicole Peters. According to Brooks, Daniel Bixler and Vera Jo Reigle are cousins and that they all were residing at the same residence on Center Street.
This is the first homicide in Findlay since the shooting death of David Snyder in October of 2009. Snyder's neighbor, Cornelius Patterson Jr. was convicted of aggravated murder last month and is awaiting sentencing.