Thousands Search For Missing Pregnant Woman

June 23, 2007

About 1,000 volunteers turned out to search for a nearly nine months pregnant woman Saturday, the third straight day searchers picked through rural areas of eastern Ohio.

Ned Davis, the father of 26-year-old Jessie Davis, begged volunteers to continue their efforts.

"Please help," he said Saturday in an interview with MSNBC. "Please don't quit. Please don't quit until we find Jessie."

Searching on Thursday and Friday of an area near Davis' home yielded nothing more than a marijuana patch. On Friday, a baby found three days after Davis was reported missing was ruled out as a clue to her disappearance.

Authorities have said they're working around the clock on the case, trying to find the comforter and cell phone that vanished with Davis from her home in nearby Lake Township, and they're collecting information through a tip line.

Davis' mother, Patricia Porter, was the last person to speak to Davis on June 13 and said she's focused on finding her daughter.

When Porter was asked Friday by NBC's "Today" show if she considered Bobby Cutts Jr., the father of Davis' 2-year-old son and unborn baby, a suspect, she replied: "Yes, he's a suspect."

Authorities have talked with Cutts, a Canton police officer, and searched his home, but investigators have said he is not a suspect. Cutts, 30, says he had nothing to do with Davis' disappearance.

Davis was reported missing one week ago Friday after her mother found the young woman's bedroom in disarray, the furniture overturned and Davis' young son home alone.

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