MOUNT VERNON — “We’re working as diligently right now as we did the day it happened,” said Knox County Sheriff David Barber of the Jean Davis murder investigation, now in its third week. “It remains our priority case.”
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The day of the homicide, Knox County Sheriff’s Office detectives and Barber spent over 12 hours at Davis’ home launching the investigation. Knox County Coroner Dr. Jennifer Ogle also spent a great deal of time at the scene, he said, coordinating her part in the investigation.
They were joined by two crime scene investigators from the Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation, who Barber said remained for more than nine hours, combing through the scene. The sheriff said photographs and diagrams, as well as measurements, were all done by those specialists the day of the homicide.
Barber said that in the weeks since Davis, 54, was shot to death outside her home on Dennis Church Road, investigators have followed up on several leads and tips.
The forensic evidence gathered from the crime scene by BCI the day of the homicide, and from Davis’ stolen truck, recovered in Newark the day after the murder, remains in the hands of BCI experts.
One of the BCI investigators also joined KCSO detectives and Barber in Newark as they prepared Davis’ 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche, which was discovered missing the morning of her murder Dec. 20.
“He went with us when the truck was found in Newark; when we brought it back, he processed it,” Barber said.
Detectives continue to seek information from anyone who had any contact with Davis before the homicide.
“If anyone saw the vehicle that morning or observed any unfamiliar vehicles or persons in the area, we encourage people to call us with any information,” Barber said Tuesday evening. KCSO detectives can be reached by calling 393-6800.