Friday, January 12, 2001

Police: '94 killing near solved

By Terry Flynn, The Cincinnati Enquirer
and Ray Schaefer, Enquirer Contributor

        BURLINGTON — Boone County police officials say the arrest of a suspect in the dismemberment slaying of Peggy Casey six years ago is bringing together all the pieces of a bizarre puzzle.

        Paul Anthony White, 35, whose address is listed as “at large” but who is thought to live in Northern Kentucky, was arraigned Thursday in Boone District Court on three charges: first-degree rape; abuse of a corpse; and tampering with physical evidence.

        Mr. White is being held in the Boone County jail under $50,000 bond while police seek two other suspects in the case.

Peggy Casey
Peggy Casey
        The charges are related to the death of Ms. Casey of Covington, who disappeared April 2, 1994, after being seen at the Bottoms Up bar in Covington. Ms. Casey was 37 when she disappeared.

        Over the next few days, her lower torso, head, arms and legs were found in Clark, Miami and Champaign counties in Ohio near Dayton and Springfield. Her upper torso has never been recovered. Police found her purse at a gas station in Cincinnati's Northside neighborhood.

        “This is a major step in the investigation,” said Boone County Police Lt. Jack Banks. “We will have other arrests in a reasonable amount of time.”

        Lt. Banks said he could not go into details about the other suspects because the case remains open.

        But Covington Assistant Chief Lt. Col. Tom Schonecker said one of the other suspects is thought to be the killer, which would explain why Mr. White is not charged with murder.

        “The suspect (Mr. White) came to the Covington police headquarters, where he was eventually arrested,” Lt. Col. Schonecker said. “He had heard that he was a suspect in the Casey case. Ms. Casey was taken from Covington ... it all started here.”

        Lt. Col. Schonecker said Covington Detective Bud Vallandingham is working with Boone Detective Todd Kenner on the case.

        Lt. Banks said police “had no idea (the murder) was in Boone County until about 30 days ago.” He declined to elaborate.

        Sheriff's departments in the Ohio counties where the body parts were found said no further investigations were planned.

        “We're comparing notes with Kentucky police, but since it has been determined the murder took place there, we aren't working on it anymore,” said Lt. Russell Garman of the Clark County Sheriff's Department.


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