Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Teen's body found under neighbor's bed

13-year-old girl was raped

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COVINGTON - A Covington man is being held at the Kenton County jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond after the body of a 13-year-old girl was found under his bed.

Aaron Dishon, 21, of the 800 block of Crescent Avenue was arraigned Monday on a charge of murder and second-degree rape.

Covington police searched Dishon's West Covington apartment and found the body of Tiffany Farmer, 13, of Independence. Dishon lives in a second-floor apartment in his grandparents' house.

The girl's mother, who lives in the same block of Crescent Avenue, reported her daughter missing Sunday morning. Police said Tiffany's parents were separated, and the teen was staying at her mother's home for the weekend.

Covington police went to Dishon's apartment on reports that he was with Tiffany early Sunday. Officers discovered the girl's body Sunday night while executing a search warrant. Police believe that her body had been in the apartment for 15 to 16 hours.

Lt. Col. Mike Kraft said Dishon and Tiffany were acquaintances - they were together all day Saturday - but the girl didn't have permission to be out that night. Tiffany was reported missing to police at about 6 a.m. Sunday.

"When we went to the house the first time to talk to him (Dishon), he denied having been with the female," Kraft said. "Then we went back after others said they saw them together. Upon a thorough search, we found the female under the bed."

Tiffany was an eighth-grader at Twenhofel Middle School in Taylor Mill. Her parents couldn't be reached for comment.

Dishon's grandmother gave her grandson the upstairs apartment and would cook him dinner as he struggled to overcome a drug addiction, said Dishon's brother, Tony Dishon, 30, of Union Township in Clermont County.

"My grandparents are devastated," Tony Dishon said. "They are taking this very hard, being it happened in their home and all.''

"They had never given up on Aaron. They were trying to help him. They took him in when no one else would," he said.

Tony Dishon said his brother once voluntarily checked into rehabilitation.

"Violence isn't like him," Tony Dishon said as he sat on the steps of his mother's home directly across the street from the grandparents' house. "He wasn't that type of guy. It must have been the drugs that led him to do this.''

Kenton County court records show Dishon was charged with or convicted of numerous misdemeanor and traffic violations, including one driving-under-the-influence conviction on March 28 in Campbell County.

Tony Dishon said he last spent time with his brother on March 2, Aaron Dishon's 21st birthday.

"We had a birthday party for him," Tony Dishon said. "He was just regular Aaron that day. He didn't appear to be under the influence of drugs at that time."

A preliminary hearing is May 7 in Kenton District Court.

Cindy Schroeder contributed.

Email jhannah@enquirer.com

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