Body found in Cuyahoga Falls confirmed as Jessie Davis
By Nancy Whitaker
The bodies of Jessie Marie Davis, 26, and her unborn daughter, Chloe, were found by investigators at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in a shallow grave in Hampton Hills Metro Park in Cuyahoga Falls, about a mile south of Blossom Music Center.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy Sunday, confirming the body is Jessie Davis. The baby she was expected to give birth to on July 3 was still inside the womb. The cause of death is listed as pending.
Davis' boyfriend, Bobby Cutts Jr., 30, a married man and a Canton police officer since 2000, was arrested Saturday after he contacted investigators. Cutts will be arraigned on two charges of murder at 3 p.m. Monday in Canton Municipal Court.
Investigators would not say if Cutts confessed or led them to the body.
In connection to the case, on Sunday, deputies and agents from the FBI arrested Myisha L. Ferrell, 29, of Canton, on a charge of obstructing justice, a third-degree felony. She will be arraigned Monday in Canton Municipal Court.
Also on Saturday, sheriff's deputies, with a search warrant signed by Stark County Common Pleas Court Judge John Haas, searched Ferrell's residence. Investigators were looking at Ferrell, one of Cutts' high school classmates, as a possible accomplice.
During a press conference Saturday evening at the Stark County Sheriff's Office, Canton Attorney Rick Pitinii, who has represented the family of Davis throughout this ordeal, asked that media allow the family to grieve in private.
"They need to be alone," he said. "They would ask for your continued support and prayer to help them get through this."
Pitinii, who was emotional, said the family was called to the Stark County Sheriff's Office Saturday where they were told by law enforcement the bodies of Jessie and Chloe had been found.
"The family has gone through an absolute roller coaster of emotions," Pitinii said. "I have never had to deal with anything like this and I hope I never have to again."
Davis was reported missing from her Lake Township home on June 15 by her mother, Patricia Porter, of Uniontown, after Porter went to her daughter's Essex Avenue Northwest home early that morning and found her daughter's 2-year-old son, Blake, at home alone, and her daughter's bedroom in disarray with a table lamp turned over, the mattress moved and bleach on the floor. Cutts is Blake's father.
The area where Davis' body was located is in the eastern section of Hampton Hills in the Summit County Metro Park District.
Leading to the crime scene area, which is located in a secluded, wooded section of Bath Road, is a horseshoe shaped, dirt road, with both entrances now blocked by heavy chain and locks. The dirt road leads several hundred feet up an incline to the area where the body was found near a barn that is being restored and a hiking trail, Adam Run.
The area is about 25 miles from Davis' home in Lake Township in Stark County.
During Saturday's press conference, Chief Deputy Kim Perez said agents from the sheriff's office, FBI, the Summit County Coroner's Office, the Summit Metro Parks Police and National Park Service were on the scene when Davis' body was recovered.
Chief Dean McKimm of the Canton Police Department, who expressed "sincere sympathy to Davis' family and friends, said he was speaking on behalf of the Canton Police Department.
"The fact that a Canton police officer was involved in this gives our department a black eye," he said. "I ask people not to be so quick to judge law enforcement by one rogue officer," McKimm added.
Stark County Prosecutor John Ferrero said, "It is too early to say this is a death penalty case."
Perez emphasized that the investigation in conjunction with the FBI, Stark County Prosecutor's Office, Stark County Crime Lab, Canton Police Department, Ohio State Patrol and the Stark Sheriff's Office is still ongoing. Anyone with information should contact authorities at the Tip Line at 330-430- 3818. Tips may also be left at www.sheriff.co.stark.oh.us and click on Jessie Davis Alert.
Editor's note: Nancy Whitaker is a reporter for The Review in Alliance.