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Body found in Ohio ID’d as missing mom

- The Washington Times - Monday, June 25, 2007

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A body found at the end of a dayslong search for a woman nearly nine months pregnant is indeed hers, a medical examiner confirmed yesterday as investigators pieced together the case against the boyfriend accused of killing her.

The body found Saturday in a park was that of 26-year-old Jessie Davis, who was due to deliver her daughter on July 3, the Summit County medical examiner's office said. Bobby Cutts Jr., who authorities suspect is the father, is charged with two counts of murder.

The cause of death had not been determined, said Lisa Kohler, the Summit County medical examiner, and the process might be difficult because of the advanced state of decomposition.

The unborn child was still in the mother's womb, the coroner said as she left her office yesterday. She declined to comment further. Confirmation of Miss Davis' identity had been announced on a recording from the medical examiner's telephone hotline.

Miss Davis of Lake Township near Canton was reported missing after her mother found her 2-year-old son, Blake, home alone, with bedroom furniture toppled and bleach spilled on the floor. Blake gave investigators their first clues, saying: "Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy's in rug."

Thousands of volunteers searched for Miss Davis for several days, while investigators questioned Mr. Cutts, 30, a police officer who is Miss Davis' boyfriend and has an estranged wife. He is scheduled to be arraigned today.

Miss Davis' relatives said they think Mr. Cutts of North Canton was the father of both Miss Davis' son, Blake, and the unborn girl, whom Davis family members said she named "Chloe."

Investigators refused to comment on the circumstances surrounding the discovery of Miss Davis' body and Mr. Cutts' arrest.

There was no immediate response to messages seeking comment yesterday from Davis family members and Mr. Cutts' lawyer. Mr. Cutts' pastor, the Rev. C.A. Richmond, declined to comment as he entered a service in Canton yesterday.

The body was found in an area known as "Top O' the World" because of its elevation. The area contains a dirt road, a small dirt parking area and a couple of benches overlooking a grassy field. The body was found in that field, said Roger Riggins, an investigator for the medical examiner's office.

Just down the road, someone posted a sign that said, "God bless you Jessie and Chloe, forever in our hearts." People placed flowers and red and yellow ribbons just below a sign identifying the park.

"We're trying to make sure we know everything about Jessie's disappearance, and if anybody else is responsible for this, we'll try to identify them and locate them," said FBI agent Scott Wilson.