Intense Search For Missing Pregnant Woman Continues
A pregnant woman vanished from her home, where her 2-year-old son was found alone amid toppled furniture, the scattered contents of her purse and a pool of bleach on the floor.
"Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy's in the rug," the son of Jessie Davis told investigators. There was no immediate explanation for the comments, but a bed comforter was missing from the home.
Authorities said Monday they had no suspects in the disappearance of Davis, whose baby daughter is due July 3. Police and 60 to 70 volunteers searched over the weekend but found no leads.
"You just feel absolutely numb," said Patricia Porter, Davis' mother. "I see her picture on television and I think, 'Oh my God, what a beautiful girl.' And then it hits you, 'That's my girl."'
The home's sliding patio door was unlocked, and Davis' car was still at the duplex, said Porter, who discovered the toddler alone when she went to check on her daughter Friday.
Davis, 26, was last heard from when she spoke to Porter by phone from her home Wednesday.
Investigators said the father of the boy and unborn baby is a police patrolman estranged from his wife.
Rick Perez, chief deputy at the Stark County Sheriff's Department, said Canton Police patrolman Bobby Cutts Jr. and his estranged wife are among those cooperating with investigators.
Neither Perez nor Porter would comment on the relationship between Davis and Cutts.
Porter, 60, said that when she didn't hear from her daughter Thursday, she went to her home near this northeast Ohio city and found her grandson, Blake, wearing a dirty diaper.
The mattress in Davis' bedroom was partially off the bed, a night stand and lamp had been knocked over and bleach had been poured on the floor of the bedroom, Porter said. Items from Davis' purse were scattered on the kitchen floor.
"I think probably - knowing my daughter - she was so immaculate that anything out of place in my mind seemed like shambles," Porter said.
Davis' cell phone also is missing, investigators said.
Davis is employed by Allstate Insurance at a call center in nearby Hudson, company spokesman Mike Siemienas said Monday. A co-worker, Dianna Piltz, sent Davis a text message 8:15 a.m. Thursday that wasn't returned.
"We freak out when she's a couple minutes late. She's pregnant and you always worry about pregnant women," Piltz said.
Porter, who is now caring for her grandson, said her daughter plans to name her baby Chloe.
"She was in good spirits," Porter said, referring to the last time she spoke with Davis. "She was excited about the baby. She was getting ready to pack a suitcase for Chloe and for herself. You could see she'd been hanging up the baby clothes."
Neighbors reported they did not notice anything suspicious before the disappearance, Perez said.
A neighbor on Davis' leafy, middle-class street said Davis lived a low-key life.
"Every now and then we'd see her out and about," said Jeff Midkiff, 46. "She would wave, or whatever. She seemed like a very quiet person."
North Canton is south of Cleveland in northeastern Ohio.
In 2000 in nearby Ravenna, a pregnant woman was killed and her baby was cut out by a heavyset woman who claimed she was pregnant and took the victim's baby as her own. She killed herself five days later when police traced cell phone calls and went to confront her.
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