Samantha Raylynn Ritchie

Samantha Raylynn Ritchie

Birth
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Death 18 Jul 1995 (aged 4)
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Burial Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 9111411 View Source

Daughter of Denton and Joylynn Ritchie of Dayton. Samantha attended Woodland Hills Babtist Church. Preceded in death by her paternal grandmoother, Loretta Ritchie (1991). Also survived by 3 brothers. Edward, Gregory, Timothy; maternal grandparents, Joyce & Ray Shoemaker, paternal greandfather, Homer Ritchie, 4 aunts and their spouses, other aunts and uncles, cousins.

On July 18, 1995, Therressa Jolynn Ritchie reported to a Dayton, Ohio 911 operator that her four-year-old daughter Samantha was missing. The local media extensively covered the disappearance. On July 22, 1995, law enforcement investigators found Samantha's body in a water-filled pit on the grounds of an abandoned foundry near her neighborhood. Therressa Jolynn Ritchie and Ernest Vernell Brooks were arrested and convicted on various charges involving Samantha.