A 43-year-old Preble County resident is facing aggravated murder and other charges after admitting to killing a man and dumping his body in Montgomery County.
Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson held a press conference, Monday, June 2, to discuss the homicide investigation which took place over the weekend.
On Friday, May 30, the PCSO was contacted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office regarding the recent discovery of a body found wrapped in carpet within Montgomery County’s borders. Their investigation led them to believe the victim in the case had possibly been murdered in Preble County.
The body of 43-year-old William J. Pike was found on Forney Road on Sunday, May 25. Pike had been shot to death.
David R. Ramsey, 43, was interviewed by both Montgomery County and Preble County investigators on Saturday, May 31, in Harrison Township in Montgomery County. Ramsey “subsequently admitted to being responsible for the death of Mr. Pike,” Simpson said.
The location on Forney Road was a random location chosen by Ramsey, according to officials.
Preble County and Montgomery County officials searched a home at 6901 Pleasant Valley Road, located southeast of Gratis, on Saturday morning, May 31. Both agencies spent the day processing the property and recovering evidence.
“We did recover some evidence at the scene, and we’ve recovered the weapon used,” said Sheriff Simpson. The weapon recovered at the scene was a gun.
During the course of the investigation on Saturday, potential witnesses were interviewed. Ramsey was located in Harrison Township in Montgomery County.
Ramsey is currently being held in the Preble County Jail and has been charged with one count of aggravated murder, one count of abuse of a corpse, and one count of tampering with evidence. The case was submitted to a Preble County grand jury on Monday, June 2.
“The way we understand it, Mr. Pike was living in an apartment in a room in a metal building on the property with Mr. Ramsey for some time. The amount of time is unclear, but they knew each other,” Simpson said. “They were friends.”
Sheriff Simpson said Ramsey was not the owner of the property, and he is unsure of Ramsey’s relationship to the owner of the property.
At least three people were living at the address at the time of the incident, however, officials believe Ramsey is the only suspect in the investigation, according to officials.
Officials believe the murder and the dumping of Pike’s body occurred on May 22, however, Pike’s body was not found until May 25.
“[Ramsey] does have a criminal history. I wouldn’t classify it as anything significant, but he does have somewhat of a criminal history, as well as Mr. Pike,” Simpson said.
A motive in the case has been identified, but is not being released to the public.