Suspect Charged in Put-in-Bay Murder

Bowling Green Search Warrant 2011 09278 Masterson Murder

UPDATE, September 8, 2011 @ 4:00PM

The cause of death of Philip Masterson has been ruled a homicide due to Blunt Force Trauma / Strangulation.

Per Dr. Jerome McTague, Ottawa County Coroner.

Philip Masterson, Missing Person Report, Put-in-Bay Police

Philip M. Masterson


On Tuesday, September 6, 20911 at 3:02PM the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office received a call that a body had been found in the woods behind the Island Club, Put-in-Bay Road, Put-in-Bay. Put-in-Bay Police Offices were dispatched to the scene and confirmed that a body had been located. They then called for assistance from the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office.

When Deputies arrived at the scene they observed the body of a white male face down in the woods. The body was identified as Philip Masterson who had reported missing on September 5, 2011 to the Put-in-Bay Police Department. The body was clothed only in a pair of green shorts. A brown canvas was found nearby that had been covering the body when it was discovered.

Sheriffs Deputies at that point requested assistance from the Crime Scene Division of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation office in Bowling Green, Ohio. For the next several hours the scene was processed for evidence. The body was removed from the scene that evening and later transported to the Lucas County Coroners Office where an autopsy is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 8th. At this point the cause of death has not been determined.

Deputies have interviewed several persons who had contact with the victim while he was at Put-in-Bay. During those interviews a person of interest was identified. Further information developed that lead to criminal charges being filed against Zachary J. Brody. He was taken into custody on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at about 11:30AM when he returned to his home in Bowling Green.

At this time deputies are continuing to investigate the possible motive and relationship between Brody and Masterson.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

911 Call # 1, Victim Located


Zachary J. Brody

Zachary J Brody, Warrants and Complaints



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