Missing Ohio State University Student Found Dead With Gunshot Wound; Sex Offender Arrested For Murder, Rape Charges

By Claire Parker, Parent Herald February 13, 12:48 pm
Reagan Tokes in an undated photo. Her nude body was found last week and the man believed to be responsible for her death was apprehended and charged.
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A convicted sex offender was arrested and charged in relation to the death of an Ohio State University student. The student vanished and was found with a gunshot wound later.

The convicted sex offender was identified as 29-year-old Brian Golsby. He was released from prison last November. As for his new charges, he faced aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping and aggravated robbery in the death of 21-year-old Reagan Tokes. Grove City police said in a statement Tokes' nude body was found last Thursday near a park entrance in the area, Fox News reported.

Tokes was last seen after she got off from work at a restaurant in Columbus on Wednesday evening. She was reported missing by her off-campus roommates and co-workers after not being able to go home. She was found with two gunshot wounds in the head, as per Grove City Police Sgt. Chris White.

As for Golsby, he was arrested on Saturday at around 4 a.m. He was identified as a suspect via DNA evidence gathered inside and around Tokes' vehicle, which was found near the home where Golsby lives in Columbus. Authorities believed the encounter of Golsby and Tokes was after she left the restaurant.

It was not confirmed if Golsby admitted he killed Tokes but White said he gave statements and details of the events of that night, which are almost the same as the police's findings. Tokes and Golsby were not in any way related.

Golsby registered as a sex offender last year. He pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery charges in May 201 and received a six-year penalty. The case was about him and a woman he raped in front of her two-year-old child. Golsby then forced the woman to withdraw cash from an ATM machine then robbed her apartment.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Tokes' employed planned a candlelight vigil to honor her. All the proceeds from the sales of the restaurant for one day will benefit a scholarship fund to remember the slain student. A GoFundMe page was also set up for the scholarship.

The funeral service for Tokes will be this Tuesday at 10 a.m. Tokes was a fourth-year psychology major and was set to graduate this May.

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