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Teen arrested in death of girl found at trash site

July 2, 2014 News Extra

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AUSTINTOWN TWO, Ohio — A Youngstown teenager is jailed on charges he abducted and killed a 16-year-old girl before dumping her body in trash that turned up days later at a waste disposal site near the Mercer-Butler County line last week.

U.S. Marshals on Tuesday arrested Ricki D. Williams IV, 18, who is accused of fatally stabbing Gina Bacher Burger at the Compass West apartment complex in suburban Youngstown, where she had recently moved

Burger, who lived with her mother and older sister, was reported missing June 22. Two days later and 40 miles away, workers at Tri-County Industries Inc. in Pine Township, Mercer County, discovered her body at their waste transfer station.

Ohio authorities believe Williams killed the girl at Compass West the night she disappeared and then disposed of her body at the same apartment building.

Trucks for Tri-County Industries haul trash from Compass West and other parts of Austintown and Youngstown to the Mercer County dump site, authorities said.

Burger died of a single stab wound to the chest, according to Mercer County Coroner J. Bradley McGonigle III.

Austintown Police Chief Robert Gavalier described Williams as “semi-homeless.”

Investigators suspect Williams forced Burger to another apartment at the complex, where he killed her.”

“We found the crime scene Monday,” Gavalier said.

Inside that apartment, police found “a good amount of blood,” he said.

After killing Burger, the suspect took the body to a Dumpster at the complex. Gavalier said he does not believe Burger was sexually assaulted.

Police did not rule out that Williams could have had help in disposing of the body, and possibly the killing. He would not say if police have any other suspects in the case.

Police have not recovered the suspected murder weapon

Agents with the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force arrested Williams about 6 p.m. Tuesday on Youngstown’s West Side, two or three miles from Compass West.

Williams denied killing Burger, police said.

A motive in the killing is not known.

“That’s one thing we do not have,” Gavalier said.

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