A convicted sex offender, who was recently released from prison, has now been charged in the shooting death of a 21-year-old Ohio college student.
Brian Golsby, 29, was released from prison just months ago. Golsby was arrested early Saturday and charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery in the slaying of Reagan Tokes, according to Grove City police.
She was last seen on Wednesday night, leaving her job in Columbus, OH. Tokes was reported missing by her off-campus roommates and co-workers after she never made it home on Wednesday night.
The nude body of Tokes, an Ohio State senior, was found on Thursday outside of a park entrance in Grove City. She had been shot twice in the head, Grove City Police Sgt. Chris White said at a news conference Saturday.
The victim’s car was found near her home in Grove City. The vehicle contained a cigarette with DNA evidence, leading to the identification of Golsby as a suspect, and then leading to his arrest early Saturday morning.
Golsby “gave us details of these events of that night that closely match what we’re finding” following his arrest, said Sgt. Chris White told reporters.
Golsby was released from prison in November 2016, after serving six years for a rape and kidnapping that also occurred in Grove City, according to police.
Golsby appeared in court on Monday and was ordered to be held without bond. He could face the death penalty if convicted, said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.
21-year-old Tokes grew up just outside of Toledo. She was a fourth-year psychology major, due to graduate in May from Ohio State. Toke’s uncle released a statement on behalf of her family.
“We will always remember Reagan as a vibrant, loving young woman who embraced life,” the statement said. “She made a positive impact on people, was enthusiastic about everything and brought laughter and joy to all who knew her.”
Her employer, Bodega Columbus, also honored her in a Facebook post.
“We are incredibly heartbroken today as we mourn the loss of one of our own,” the post read. “Reagan, you will forever remain in our hearts. We love you.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Toke’s family in hopes of starting a scholarship in her name. “This will give other hardworking high school students a chance to attend the college of their dreams just like Reagan did,” the GoFundMe page reads.