Police: No evidence of foul play found in case of Amber Evans' disappearance


The Columbus Police Special Victims Bureau said it is doing everything in its power to find out what happened to 28-year-old community activist Amber Evans.

Evans disappeared the evening of Monday, Jan. 28 after police said she got into an argument with her boyfriend. Evans' mother, Tonya Fischer, told 10TV she received a text message from her daughter that evening that read, "I love you. I'm sorry." Fischer said she her daughter was in no way suicidal, but police have found no trace of the missing woman.

Fischer said it was Evans' boyfriend who suggested she look for her daughter near Scioto Downtown. Fischer found Evans' car and her purse which was locked in the trunk, but no sign of Evans.

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A police missing persons flier indicated Evans was "distraught" and police said they launched an immediate search.

"Searching with K9 unit, our dive team has done limited searching in the river. Unfortunately, the water is fast. It's moving quickly. There's heavy debris," said Commander Alex Behnen. "Our helicopter is flying over the area routinely looking for things we may have missed."

Investigators said they have interviewed at least 10 people who knew Evans and said they've searched electronic devices for clues.

"And they have yielded information that has been beneficial to us. That's really all the details that I will provide at this time," Behnen said, who added police have found no evidence of foul play.

"We have not found anything at this time," he said.

Evans was a passionate community activist who was vocal in her criticism of police-involved shootings and use of force tactics. Comments on social media have insinuated investigators may be "slacking" on this case.

"There's been nothing like that. I wouldn't tolerate it. I haven't seen it," Behnen said.

Police said as soon as it's safe to do so, divers will return to the Scioto River to continue the search.