Homicide Investigation of Brandy Daniels Continues

by Miriah Turner on May 6, 2014 at 6:43 am

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz has identified the victim of a homicide which happened around 10:50PM last night at 6677 McCaslin road in Nashport.

Twenty five year old Brandy Daniels was discovered by her sister, Tess Payton, in her vehicle at the end of their driveway. Payton said her sister was on the way home from work and on the phone with her boyfriend when she turned onto the driveway and the call was dropped.

Having recieved a call from the boyfriend believing ‘something was wrong’ and concerned about how late her sister was coming home, Payton started down the driveway. Upon discovering her sister’s vehicle, and afraid to investigate, she called 911. The call initially went out for an unresponsive female. It was not until deputies arrived on scene that Daniels was confirmed deceased.

Here is part of the 911 call released today from the incident.

911 Call:
Sister :"Um, my sister is in my driveway and her head’s bloody and she’s not moving."
Dispatch: "okay. Is she in a vehicle?"
Sister:"Yes Ma’am. Yes. "
" I see blood and she’s kind of to the side."
"My mom should be coming home from work and I don’t know what to do, I don’t want my mom… I don’t know."

Daniels was living with family members on McCaslin road. She was married, but separated with a daughter. At the time of the incident, Daniels’ sister, brother, and daughter were home. The Muskingum county sheriff’s office confirmed that Daniels was shot to death. Shell casings were present on the crime scene.

"We probably if you were to average up how many homicides we have in this county you’re probably talking maybe one a year, maybe two a year over the last 10 to 15 years," said Sheriff Lutz. "It is very uncommon for this to happen. I think usually there’s some connection there of why it happened and that’s what we’re looking for right now…We have an experienced crew that’s working on it right now. Obviously your hands are tied to a certain extent when you have the case in front of you and you have what you have to work with, so we’re trying everything we can to find out who did this and why."

BCI&I assisted the Sheriff’s Office in processing the scene. Evidence has been collected and submitted for testing. Currently there is a vehicle as well as persons of interest in the investigation.

Any one with information is urged to call detective Mike Ryan of the sheriffs office at 740-452-3637 ext. 6041.

This is the first homicide in Muskingum county this year.

WHIZ News will have more information from the Sheriff’s department tomorrow morning.