24-year-old Jerrod Metsker faces charges for the death of nine-year-old Reann Murphy who was reported missing from her trailer park home in Smithville. She had been last seen playing at a park Saturday evening.
Officials searched the area for more than 10 hours when they recovered her body in a dumpster near her home.
Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Metsker lived across from the girl. Witnesses say he was last seen at the park, where the girl had been playing.
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Wayne County Coroner are investigating her death.
Metsker is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next week Monday, Dec. 23.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff's Office at 330-287-5750.
(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)