On January 28, a community activist went missing after having a dispute with her boyfriend. Now, two months after her disappearance, her body has been recovered from an Ohio River.
Her body was pulled out from the Scioto River in Columbus on Saturday
Police officers searched for Amber Evans, 28, for nearly two months until the recent tragic discovery. Before the police found her body, they’d found her abandoned car.
Her vehicle was found a mile upstream from where her body was pulled out. On Sunday, the Columbus Division of Police released a statement.
“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.”
When the investigation began, police were clear that there were no known domestic violence issues between Evans and her partner. However, at the time they’d also added that there was no reason to suspect foul play.
Evans' mother, Tonya Fischer, revealed that on the night her daughter disappeared, she’d texted her: “I love you and I'm sorry.” A number of people accused the Columbus police of conducting the investigation in a slow manner because of Evans' activism.
In the past, she’d criticized the department. Authorities have refuted this claim, saying there’d been delays due to the weather being too cold to drag the river.
Investigators tried to trace Evans' cellphone to find its location. They also used drones to search the area near where she disappeared.
Evans', an active member of several community justice organizations including the People's Justice Project and the Juvenile Justice Coalition, had many volunteers searching for her. She was also a key organizer of protests at the Columbus City Hall.
On Sunday, the late activist’s mother took to Facebook with a live video to ask for privacy as her family mourned.
"I'm coming on here as a mother... who has just found out that I lost my first-born child. 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."
On the same day, the social justice organization "Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)" released a lengthy statement through lead its organizer Tynan Krakoff. The group urged people to remember Evans by continuing the work she’d started.
After her disappearance, a support GoFundMe page was created. It was revealed that the donations would be put into a savings account dedicated to the missing woman.
The page further explained:
“This funding will go to manage expenses that Amber or her family may have to take on and endure as more concrete information comes to light during the upcoming days and weeks. Please donate whatever you feel.”