Source: Youth First
Body Of Missing Activist Amber Evans Found In Ohio River
Source: Youth First
Evans was last seen on January 28.
The body of missing activist Amber Evans has been found almost two months after she was last seen.
The 28-year-old was found in Ohio's Scioto River, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Her vehicle was found in the Scioto Mile area in Downtown Columbus, while her phone was found in another part of the Scioto Mile.
Evans reportedly had a dispute with her boyfriend the afternoon of her disappearance. However, police have said since their investigation began that there was no reason to suspect foul play and there were no known domestic violence issues in Evans' relationship.
A search for Evans along the Scioto River had begun the night she disappeared, with patrol officers, canine units, and even a sheriff’s office drone using infrared technology, scouring the area for her.
The dive team joined the search the following day but because of the weather and water levels during that time, it made the search difficult.
The Columbus Ohio Police sent out the following tweet after locating Evans' body:
\u201c*UPDATE 3/24/19: The body recovered yesterday, Saturday, 3/23/19 has been positively identified as 28yo Amber Evans. The family has been notified.\nWhile this is not the outcome we hoped for, we understand this brings closure for the family. Our thoughts & prayers go out to them.\u201d— Columbus Ohio Police (@Columbus Ohio Police) 1553448142
"While this is not the outcome we hoped for, we understand this brings closure for the family. Our thoughts & prayers go out to them," a part of the tweet read.
Tonya Fischer, Evans' mother, took to Facebook where she spoke briefly on her death before asking for privacy.
"I'm coming on here as a mother…who has just found out that I lost my first-born child," Tonya Fischer said. "I love you all, and you all know I'm more than willing to accept all that you have to give…but just give me a moment. Just a moment. Give my family a moment."
Evans began student organizing in 2011 with Occupy OSU, a group inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement. She was also a key organizer for protests at Columbus City Hall, and was also involved in the People's Justice Project. The Dispatch also notes that she was tapped to be the executive director of the Juvenile Justice Coalition.
Evans received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a master's in Library and Information Sciences from Kent State University.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch