TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – A body has been found in Indiana that may belong to the 25-year-old who police say was murdered by his roommate.
Troy Police Chief Shawn McKinney said a body has been found in Greenville Creek in Randolph County, Indiana, not far from where suspect Sean Higgins said he dropped the body. It has not yet been confirmed to be the victim of the Troy murder.
A release by the Troy Police Department said some of 25-year-old Easton Ho’s roommates called police to the 2200 block of Morning Glory Circle around 8:31 a.m.
“My boyfriend, he sent some texts, and he’s missing now,” a female roommate said to dispatchers in a 911 call.
The female roommate said Ho had disappeared under suspicious circumstances. He also failed to show up to work in Miamisburg that Thursday, April 14 morning.
“The very concerning part is he left his glasses here and he cannot see at all without them,” the female roommate said in the 911 call.
Both of Ho’s roommates received unusual texts around 2:45 a.m. Thursday from his number, according to court documents. One text read: “An old enemy found me, and I had to kill him. You will not see me.”
Officers spent the day searching for Ho, the release said, and they notified other law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Ho and his car.
“The officers tried to locate Mr. Ho throughout the day by pinging his phone over and over and they were unable to track him down,” Troy Police Chief Shawn McKinney said.
Hours later, at 6:30 p.m., officers found Ho’s vehicle in Kettering. After further investigation, Troy police said evidence showed Ho was likely the victim of foul play.
“That’s when we get our detectives involved and kind of turn up that investigation,” McKinney said.
Detectives continued to investigate and interviewed the roommates. According to police, one of the roommates, 25-year-old Sean Higgins, admitted to killing Ho.
McKinney said Higgins took Ho’s car to dump his body in Indiana, drove the car to Kettering where he left it, then took an Uber back to Troy.
According to court documents, Higgins cut off Ho’s thumb to access his cell phone. McKinney said it appears Higgins used the access to pose as Ho.
“It was very brutal,” McKinney said.
Higgins is now in the Miami County Jail and facing charges of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, theft and receiving stolen property.
McKinney said his detectives are working the case non-stop. A cause of death and motive have not been released.
“There’s a lot of follow-up work to do still, there’s a lot of paperwork to do and a lot of i’s that still need dotted and t’s that need crossed,” McKinney said.