A year after the body of Daniel F. Reid Jr. was found, Washington police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department are still seeking answers.
Reid had been missing for nearly three years when his body was recovered in the 4600 block of Old Highway 100 at 2:40 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. He was first reported missing in Washington in May 2014.
Reid was identified through dental records acquired by the Washington police. At the time, Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton said it appeared the body had been at the site for a lengthy period of time.
Washington Police Detective Sgt. Steve Sitzes said Reid’s death was officially ruled a homicide.
The sheriff’s department and Washington police have been working together on the case. Sitzes said Washington police originally handled the missing person aspect, and the county has stepped in to help investigate the death because Reid’s body was found in the county’s jurisdiction.
“We’ve closed our case, as far as the missing person goes, and we’ve been working with the county,” he said. “They’ve been doing some follow-up and we’ve been working with them on that.”
The investigation so far has yet to produce a suspect.
“There are really no known suspects at this point — none that we’re really focusing on,” Sitzes said. “We have a hunch, but we can’t connect the dots at this point.”
Sitzes said Reid was suspected to have been involved in drug dealing and biker gangs that leave a lot of puzzle pieces on the table. Making the pieces fit has been a challenge.
Reid’s body was found in a remote wooded area. Sitzes said he personally believes the body was dumped by someone familiar with the area. His remains were found by a caretaker who was clearing brush in the wooded area.
Reid, who resided at 727 Clover Court in Shamrock Trailer Court, was last seen on May 19, 2014, according to police. He was scheduled to attend a family gathering the next day, but never showed up.
Police said Reid had only lived in Washington for a short time.
Anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s office, 636-583-2560, or Washington police, 636-390-1050.