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Scioto County – Close Friend of Family Charged in Shocking Murder


Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman states that his 911 communication center received a call at 11:55 a.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2024 from a female claiming that she just found her daughter deceased covered in blood on the floor of her friend’s home.
Sheriff Thoroughman stated that the 911 communication officer instructed her to go outside for her safety. Within minutes deputies and detectives arrived and were able to locate and detain a male subject that was inside the house.
Sheriff Thoroughman stated that detectives interviewed several witnesses, including the male that was found inside the residence. That male has been identified as being a friend of the victim’s mother for the last 30 years and he was arrested without incident.
Sheriff Thoroughman stated that his office contacted the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation to assist in the processing of the crime scene.
The victim has been identified as Shurvonn Byrd, age 40, of Stoney Run West Portsmouth, Ohio. Byrd has been sent to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.
Arrested was Danny Vanhoose, age 73, of 909 John Street, West Portsmouth, Ohio. Vanhoose has been charged with Aggravated Murder, a felony of the 1st degree, and is being held without bond. Vanhoose will appear in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Friday, January 12, 2024.
Sheriff Thoroughman stated that this is still an ongoing investigation that could result in more charges at a later date.
Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Jodi Conkel @ 740-351-1091.