Homicide suspect in custody.
Sheriff Richard Henderson reports that on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 6:49 p.m., the Pike County Sheriff’s Office along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol were called to the area of St Rt. 32 just west of Shyville Rd in referene to an injury accident. Further investigation found the accident had occurred due to a stabbing injury which the driver, Mallory Pettit, age 25, had sustained. Mallory Pettit was taken from the scene by EMS personnel to the Pike County Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
The Pike County Sheriff’s Office along with the Piketon Police Department located a person of interest found to be a Michael H. Schaffner, age 30. Mr. Schaffner was taken into investigative custody and was later arrested and charged with Aggravated Murder. He was taken to the Scioto County Jail where he will be held pending his apperance in Pike County Court.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification was called to assist in the processing of the scene. All evidence will be presented to the next term of the Pike County Grand Jury.