The body of a missing 4-month-old Scioto County boy has been found in a well and his parents are being held on other felony charges as a homicide investigation continues, the county sheriff’s office announced Wednesday night.
Detectives had concluded that Dylan Groves was killed sometime in March. A wooded area in Scioto County where Dylan’s body was believed to have been disposed was searched but was not found, Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said in a press release.
On Wednesday night, sheriff’s Capt. John W. Murphy said in another press release that detectives had received information through their ongoing investigation that the baby boy’s body might be in a well about 30-feet deep at a location in Otway. With the assistance of Otway Fire Department, the body was recovered and transported to the Montgomery County coroner’s office for an autopsy.
Dylan’s parents, Daniel A. Groves, 41, and Jessica D. Groves, 39, of Otway, are being held on a number of felony charges, including abduction and kidnapping. Daniel Groves is also accused of theft and receiving stolen property.
Murphy said the homicide investigation is ongoing and more charges will be presented to the Scioto County grand jury at a later date. The sheriff’s office gave the following account:
When Dylan Groves was born, it was discovered that there were illicit drugs in his system so custody was immediately awarded to Scioto County Children Services.
Children Services, though, decided to return Dylan to his father because he had met all of the requirements for family reunification.
However, Daniel Groves started missing court dates, home visits and doctor’s appointments, Murphy said.
The sheriff’s office made numerous attempts to locate the child. Once, on May 20 when deputies went to their house in Otway, Daniel and Jessica Groves fled together on a four-wheeler.
On Monday, deputies obtained a search warrant for their property. Jessica Groves was quickly taken into custody, but Daniel Groves barricaded himself inside the house, resulting in a six hour standoff before his arrest.
The search warrant yielded several stolen items valued at $42,000 – including two 4-wheelers and two trailers.
Anyone with any information regarding the homicide case is urged to contact Scioto County sheriff’s Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091.