Phil Masterson, a mixed martial arts fighter, was found dead in the woods of Put-in-Bay in northern Ohio, and when an arrest was made Wednesday, the suspect also shows exposure to mixed martial arts.
Masterson, 25, went missing after going to South Bass Island over the weekend. On Monday, Masterson's family members began searching for him on the island.
His body was found in a wooded area near the Island Club cottages on Put-in-Bay Road on Tuesday, according to Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton. It seemed Masterson had been involved in a serious argument until he was eventually beaten to death.
Zachary Brody, a 27-year-old man from Bowling Green, has been charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, and felonious assault.
After reaching out to investigators, Brody was arrested on Wednesday morning, and was interviewed by Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies before he was taken to be held without bond in the Ottawa County jail.
Masterson was known as a hopeful talent in the mixed martial arts, and was seeking to fight professionally. Trained by his older brother Matt Masterson, Phil had recently won matches in northeast Ohio.
The relationship between Masterson and Brody is under investigation.
According to Brody's Facebook page, his interest includes Brazilian jiu jitsu and submission grappling.
Other than Brody, deputies are trying to track down around 20 people for interview, including those who had contact with Masterson over the weekend.
The case still holds open question as to whether more arrests would follow in the days ahead, according to Bratton.