Missing activist Amber Evans found dead as her body is pulled out of Ohio’s Scioto River, two months after she disappeared. Was her death an act of foul play?
A body recovered from an Ohio river has been identified as a community activist who went missing on January 28 following a dispute with her boyfriend.
Police had been searching for Amber Evans, 28, for nearly two months when her body was pulled from the Scioto River in Columbus on Saturday, about a mile downstream from where her car was abandoned when she went missing.
Details about Evans’ cause of death and how or when she ended up in the river have not yet been revealed.
The Columbus Division of Police released a statement on Sunday that said: ‘While this is not the outcome we had hoped for, we understand this brings closure for the family. Our thoughts & prayers go out to them.’
Police have stressed that there were no known domestic violence issues between her and her partner.
Cops maintained there was no reason to suspect foul play, though it is unclear whether is still the case.
Who may have wanted Amber Evans dead?
Evans’ mother, Tonya Fischer, told 10TV that her daughter had texted her: ‘I love you and I’m sorry’ on the night she disappeared.
Many accused Columbus police of conducting a slow investigation because of Evans’ had criticized the department in the past.
Officials refuted that claim, saying that there were delays because it was initially too cold to drag the river.
Investigators tried to ‘ping’ Evans’ cellphone to find its location and used drones to canvas the area near where she suddenly vanished.
Volunteer groups also organized several searches for the missing woman who was known as an active member of several community justice organizations including the People’s Justice Project and the Juvenile Justice Coalition.
Evans a graduate of The Ohio State University and Kent State University, served as executive director of the Juvenile Justice Coalition in Columbus and was also a key organizer of protests at Columbus City Hall.
It remained unclear if the missing woman may have met foul play as a consequence of her activism.
It has been confirmed that the body found in the Scioto River is Amber Evans. Our community is heartbroken and will share updates on ways to support each other following the leadership of @OhioPJP and Amber’s family. We love you #AmberEvans ♥️ pic.twitter.com/4Pn2iP1EAs
— Ohio Women’s March (@OhioWomensMarch) March 24, 2019