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6/25/07

Medical Examiner Confirms Body Was Jessie Davis, Fetus Still In Womb

The Victims: Jessie Davis & Unborn Daughter The Victims: Jessie Davis & Unborn Daughter
The Primary Suspect: Bobby Cutts Jr and The Accomplice Suspect: Myisha Ferrell (Cutts' high school friend) The Primary Suspect: Bobby Cutts Jr and The Accomplice Suspect: Myisha Ferrell (Cutts' high school friend)

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UPDATE: Autopsy shows remains found in Ohio were that of pregnant woman, with the fetus still in the womb.

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A body found at the end of a days-long search for a nearly nine months pregnant woman is indeed hers, a medical examiner confirmed Sunday as investigators pieced together the case against a police officer accused of killing her.

The body found Saturday in a park was that of 26-year-old Jessie Davis, whose due date was July 3, the Summit County Medical Examiner's office said. Bobby Cutts Jr., who authorities suspect is the father of the unborn child, is charged with two counts of murder.

The cause of death had not yet been determined, and will not be announced Sunday said Lisa Kohler, the Summit County medical examiner. Her office had said it might be difficult to determine the cause of death because of the advanced state of decomposition.

The fetus was still inside the woman's womb, Kohler said as she left her office Sunday. She declined to comment further. Confirmation of Davis' identity had been announced on a recording from the medical examiner's telephone hotline.

The Background Information:

Authorities arrested the boyfriend of a missing pregnant woman on murder charges Saturday and said they recovered a body believed to be hers.

Jessie Davis, 26, had been missing for a week from her home, where her 2-year-old son was found alone, his diaper dirty, bedroom furniture toppled and bleach spilled on the floor.

Investigators said the toddler told them "Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy's in rug."

The Stark County Sheriff's Department said a body believed to be Davis was recovered in neighboring Summit County at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Television news footage taken from helicopters above Cuyahoga Valley National Park showed authorities carrying a body bag on a stretcher and loading it into a white van. Investigators were shown riding off-road vehicles to reach an area of the park that is heavily covered with trees and brush.

Roger Riggins, an investigator with the Summit County medical examiner's office, confirmed a body was found at the southeast edge of the park, about 25 miles from Davis' home in Lake Township. The body, uncovered and unburied, was found in a field of tall weeds and grass, not far from a dirt road that leads to a parking area, he said.

Davis' boyfriend, Bobby Cutts Jr., 30, is to be arraigned Monday in Canton Municipal Court on two counts of murder, including the unborn child, the sheriff's department said. Davis was due to deliver a baby girl on July 3.

Stark County Chief Deputy Rick Perez said the case was still being investigated. He would not comment on whether there were any other suspects.

Possible Accomplice: Police have arrested 29-year-old Myisha Ferrell on Sunday. Ferrell is Bobby Cutts Jr's long time friend.

Myisha Ferrell was charged with obstructing justice and will be ararigned on Monday, June 24th.

Ferrell lived at 1245 Oxford Avenue NW in Canton, OH.

Late Saturday, sheriff's deputies searched the apartment of a high school classmate Myisha Ferrell, looking for pillows, a bed sheet, a cell phone, cleaning supplies and other evidence in the case.

An inventory of the search showed three cell phones, Lysol and Clorox cleaning solution bottles, three empty bottles of Febreze fabric freshener, garbage bags and a partial roll of duct tape were removed by deputies from the home, the newspaper reported.

Cutts has said he had nothing to do with Davis' disappearance.

Telephone messages seeking comment on the arrest were left at the office of Cutts' lawyer, Bradley Iams, and the home and office of the Rev. C.A. Richmond, his pastor. Iams' home number is unlisted.

The Autopsy: The body does belong to Jessie Marie Davis & unborn child

The body found Saturday in a park was that of 26-year-old Jessie Davis, whose due date was July 3, the Summit County Medical Examiner's office said. Bobby Cutts Jr., who authorities suspect is the father of the unborn child, is charged with two counts of murder.

The cause of death had not yet been determined, and will not be announced Sunday said Lisa Kohler, the Summit County medical examiner. Her office had said it might be difficult to determine the cause of death because of the advanced state of decomposition.

The fetus was still inside the woman's womb, Kohler said as she left her office Sunday. She declined to comment further. Confirmation of Davis' identity had been announced on a recording from the medical examiner's telephone hotline.

The Search Crews:

Thousands of volunteers searched on foot, horseback and all-terrain vehicles for Davis over several days. Cutts joined volunteers in an earlier search.

Tim Miller, director of Texas EquuSearch, an internationally active search group that organized searches around her home, said Porter and the rest of Davis' family were called together and told about the body in late afternoon.

"A lot of the community stopped their lives to looked for Jessie and that meant so much to her and the entire family that they knew they were not alone in this," Miller said Saturday after the sheriff's announcement.

Officer Bobby Cutts Junior's Background Info:

Cutts, a Canton police officer since 2000, is the father of Davis' son, and her family says he also is the father of the unborn child. Authorities had questioned him and searched his home during the investigation.

Cutts has said he and his wife, Kelly Renee Cutts, are separated and that she knew about the affair with Davis. He's been on paid administrative leave from his job.

"There is no denying that this has resulted in giving a black eye in the opinion of the local community as well as the opinion of the rest of the nation," Canton Police Chief Dean McKimm said of the arrest of a police officer.

The police department had tried to fire Cutts in 2003 when authorities conducting a drug raid on his cousin's home found Cutts' handgun hidden under a mattress. Canton police officials said Cutts gave the gun to his cousin for protection and said Cutts was lying when he reported the gun stolen. A federal arbitrator ordered the city to reinstate the officer, saying police had not proved the allegation.

Cutts pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge in 1998 after he was accused of breaking into the home of a former girlfriend. He was sentenced to three years' probation.

Jessie Davis' Family:

Rick Pitinii, Porter's attorney, said Davis' family had no comment.

"They have gone through an absolute roller coaster of emotions," he said. "I've seen them laugh, cry, be angry - everything you can imagine. ... It's tough."

"They need to be together, and they need to be alone, and they need to grieve."

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