Tuesday, August 29, 2000

Girl, 7, killed; man charged

The Associated Press

        MARION, Ohio — A man was arrested Monday night and charged in the slaying of a missing 7-year-old girl whose body was found earlier in the day along a road, police said.

        Police said Barry Satta, a close friend of the girl's family, was charged with aggravated murder and aggravated burglary.

        Police said Mr. Satta is to be arraigned this afternoon in the slaying of Bobbie Jo Barry, who was reported missing Sunday morning from her family's home.

        The girl's family identified her body through a photograph, said Lt. Jeff Shenefield of the city's police department.

        Mr. Satta was being held in a multicounty jail in Marion County, police said Monday night.

        A bicyclist found the body shortly before 1 p.m. along a road northeast of Marion, about 4 miles from the girl's home.

        Authorities made the arrest about 9:15 p.m. Monday. Details were not immediately released.

        The girl had disappeared early Sunday from a house where 12 friends and family members were staying. She was last seen asleep in bed with her 9-year-old sister, Misty, about 4 a.m.

        People staying at the house that night saw or heard nothing suspicious, police Lt. Steve Young said.

        The girl's father, Max Barry, 43, said he was awakened about 7:15 a.m. Sunday by Misty, who said she could not find her sister.

        The father said he found muddy footprints near an open bathroom window and in the girls' bedroom. “It looked like somebody walked right up to her bed,” he said.


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