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June 25, 2007
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Ohio officer held in missing woman case

By Joe Milicia
The Associated Press

CANTON, Ohio A police officer whose missing girlfriend was the subject of a massive search effort was expected to appear in court Monday on charges of murdering the woman and her nearly full-term fetus.

Jessie Davis' body was discovered Saturday in a national park, a week after her 2-year-old son was found alone in his mother's home, with bedroom furniture toppled and bleach spilled on the floor. The boy, Blake, gave investigators some of their first clues, saying: "Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy's in rug." She was reported missing on June 15.

Davis' boyfriend, Bobby Cutts Jr., the 30-year-old father of her son, was arrested Saturday. Davis' relatives have said they believed Cutts also was the father of her fetus.

Cutts' lawyer did not return calls for comment Sunday.

Cutts' former high school classmate, Myisha Ferrell, was also expected in court Monday on an obstruction of justice charge.

The Stark County sheriff's office said Ferrell, 29, was arrested and jailed Sunday, but declined to release other information

Sheriff's deputies and FBI agents with a search warrant broke down the door of Ferrell's apartment Saturday night, agent Scott Wilson said. She was not home.

Justin Lindstrom, 27, an upstairs neighbor of Ferrell's, said officers spent two hours searching the woman's apartment before leaving with several full, brown paper bags and bottles of bleach from the basement.

Authorities would not describe what the deputies seized.

Davis' father on Monday thanked the thousands of people who participated in the search for his daughter, saying he was overwhelmed.

"It's been, at best, it's been very, very difficult," Ned Davis said on NBC's "Today" show. "I'm finding out, really, words are pretty weak vessels to say thank you."

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