Missing Ohio State student found shot dead in Grove City
GROVE CITY (WCMH) — The Franklin County Coroner has identified
the woman found dead in Scioto Grove Metro Park as missing Ohio
State University student Reagan Tokes.
The 21-year-old’s body was found by a park-goer about 1 p.m.
Thursday. A man driving into the park told police he saw her
lying in a field about 15 feet from the road at the entrance to
the park. He and another man who had just arrived got out of
their cars and took several steps toward the body before
deciding to call 911.
According to police, Tokes appears to have died from gunshot
The University confirms that Tokes was a fourth-year student
majoring in psychology. The psychology department released the
We are deeply troubled by the death of Reagan Tokes, a fourth-
year psychology student. We extend our deepest sympathy to her
family and friends.
Police are actively investigating. Anyone with information
related to the crime is encouraged to call Grove City Police at
614-277-1710, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation Tip Line at
855-224-6446 or Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.
Counseling and consultation services are available for those in
need of support. Counselors will be available tonight from 5
p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Ohio Union’s Alonso Family Room located
in the Student Life Multicultural Center. Police will maintain a
visible presence in the campus area and ask that if you see
something suspicious, call University Police or (off-campus)
Columbus Police. Always dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.
The Ohio State communications department released a statement
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Reagan Tokes, a
psychology student at Ohio State. We extend our heartfelt
sympathy to her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are
with them during this extremely difficult time. Counseling and
consultation services are available for those in need of support.
Tokes was last seen leaving her shift Wednesday night at Bodega
on High Street in the Short North, according to a missing
Police arrived at Bodega around 4:15 p.m. Thursday and met with
Tokes’ roommates and coworkers. A fellow employee told police
that Tokes got off work around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and stayed to
have dinner, then decided to go home. The employee said Tokes
usually had a bartender walk her to her car, but did not that
Two of Tokes’ roommates told police she texted them at 9:20 p.m.
Wednesday, and that is the last contact they had with her. One
of her roommates became concerned Thursday morning, after she
woke up and it appeared Tokes had not come home. She and the
other roommate began contacting anyone who may have seen her,
and tried calling her phone. They also told police they looked
for Tokes’ car near their address on Chittenden Avenue and near
The roommates then decided to call police after contacting
The roommates told police Tokes is from the Toledo area and
would not have gone anywhere other than work or school. They
told police Tokes had recently broken up with her boyfriend, and
it was a mutual breakup to their knowledge.
The Grove City Division of Police said officers located Tokes’
vehicle in Columbus, in the 700 block of Oakwood Avenue.
Nile Woodson lives in an apartment above Bodega and says Reagan
Tokes was well known to customers.
“She was a loving, awesome, amazing person,” Woodson said.
Woodson says Bodega employees typically park on streets behind
the bar where they can park for free. But he says the area is
not well lit.
“So it’s potentially easy for something to go unseen down there
and that’s definitely a problem on the block,” Woodson said.
“There’s one (street) light here that keeps this area bright but
the whole next block is very dark.”
There is no suspect information at the time. Anyone with
information should contact Grove City Police at 614-277-1710,
Ohio BCI at 855-224-6446, or Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.
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