Suspect Arrested in Rape and Murder of Ohio State University Student

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The man accused of killing a 21-year-old Ohio State University student appeared in a Columbus courtroom Monday morning.

Brian Lee Golsby was charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated robbery in the death of Reagan Tokes.

According to a missing persons report, Tokes was last seen leaving her job Wednesday night at Bodega on High Street in the Short North.

Grove City Division of Police said that 29-year-old Brian Lee Golsby has been arrested in connection with Tokes' death. She had been sexually assaulted and sustained gunshot wounds to her head. Grove City Police Lt. Brian Davidson told the Columbus Dispatch that no shell casings were found at the scene.

Golsby's DNA was find in and around Toke's auto, including on a cigarette butt within the vehicle. They also found his DNA in the victim's auto, which they located, abandoned, six miles outside the campus.

Golsby is registered as a sex offender and has no known connection to Tokes, according to police.

Police executed a search warrant at Golsby's home when they arrested him early Saturday morning.

"There's been a few sleepless nights here", White told reporters at a press conference Saturday.

The body of the Ohio State senior was found Thursday outside a park entrance in Grove City. Her coworkers told police that she usually has a bartender walk her to her vehicle, but she did not on Wednesday night. Authorities are still awaiting the results from the official autopsy report, White said.

She said just before Golsby was released last November she received a piece of mail alerting her. Sheila said she continued to lock her doors and only get her mail during daylight hours, but she did not drastically change habits because she hoped Golsby's time in prison had turned his ways.

Ohio State University was saddened by the news of Tokes' death, and offered a statement of condolences.

"We extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this extremely hard time", the statement said. "Counseling and consultation services are available for those in need of support".

Police urge anyone with information to call Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigations tip line at 1-855-BCI-OHIO.

It adds, "Reagan would want us to remember her for all the laughter, joy, and love she brought to each and everyone of us".

Reagan Tokes's sister, Makenzie, took to Twitter to express her sorrow, sharing family pictures and old photos of her and her sister when they were kids. During her life, Reagan made an impact that was positive, on the people who she lived with, who knew her and who she knew. She truly enjoyed being with her many friends and cherished the time she spent with her family.

  • Larry Hoffman