Police identify body recovered from Scioto River as Amber Evans

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COLUMBUS — Police have identified the body recovered from the Scioto River Saturday as 28-year-old community activist Amber Evans.

According to Columbus police, the Special Victims Unit and Dive Team recovered her body from the Scioto River near the Scioto Audubon Metro Park Saturday morning. The Franklin County Coroner's Office was called in to work with the detectives.

Evans disappeared the evening of Monday, Jan. 28 after police said she got into an argument with her boyfriend.

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Evans' mother, Tonya Fischer, told 10TV she received a text message from her daughter that evening that read, “I love you and I’m sorry.” Police had originally found no trace of the missing woman.

In a release received from authorities, they stated, "While this is not the outcome we had hoped for, we understand this brings closure for the family, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them."

Tynan Krakoff, lead organizer for Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Columbus, released this statement:

"SURJ is heartbroken at the loss of Amber Evans. We've organized very closely with Amber and People's Justice Project the past three years fighting for justice for countless victims of police brutality. We will honor Amber's legacy by continuing to fight for a world where Black lives matter and fight for a Columbus for all.

Anyone who knew Amber knows that she was extremely disiplined and dedicated to struggling for a better world. She treated everyone with dignity and when you spoke, it always felt like she truly was listening. She was a fighter and we will continue her legacy.

One way the community to honor Amber Evans is to get involved in the fight for racial justice. If Amber were alive, she would be fighting right now for campaigns like the one to free Masonique Saunders.

Or fighting to push Ron O'Brien out of office. One of the last things I heard Amber say was that we need to keep Ron O'Brien from getting reelected next year. Ron O'Brien has been county prosecutor since 1996 but has never held a police officer accountable for a shooting."

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com for updates on this developing story.

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