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Her body was reported to be in an "advanced state of decomposition".
The autopsy was performed the following day, confirming her identity.
Members of the Cutts family attended; Davis' son, Blake, however, did not as the "family felt the toddler had already been through enough." Approximately 750 people attended the service.
Her mother, Patricia Porter, said at the service that her daughter had been a committed God-fearing person after doing overseas missionary work but at some point "she took a wrong turn somewhere." Porter said her daughter realized in church a few weeks ago that she needed to reform her life.
In the only interview Cutts has granted to the press to date was published in The Repository.
This was with Todd Porter, a sportswriter with whom Cutts had previous contact. Porter writes: "Cutts looked tired, sullen and depressed.
Prior to the funeral, hundreds paid their final respects for Davis with a candlelight vigil held outside her Lake Township duplex and during calling hours at the House of the Lord Church. Davis' boyfriend, Bobby Lee Cutts, Jr., was arrested and charged with two counts of murder.
Cutts was a police officer in the Canton, Ohio Police Department, and the father of Davis' son and unborn daughter. May 21, 1977 in Canton) is the son of Renee Horne and Bobby Cutts, Sr.
The first reliable website to pin down the widely reported rumor that Cutts had assisted in locating the body of Davis was that of America's Most Wanted: "AMW sources have confirmed that Bobby Cutts Jr., Jessie's boyfriend and the father of her 2-year-old son Blake, led law enforcement to the body." The post-mortem was performed by the Summit County authorities (as this is where the body was recovered).
Investigators believe Davis was murdered on June 14, but confirmation of this as well as the precise means of death await the results of forensic tests.
Bob Budgake, director of the Stark-Summit County crime lab indicated that the lab was "working overtime and weekends to process evidence from the Jessie Davis case, two other recent murders and other investigations." A single-casket funeral was held June 30 at the House of the Lord, a regional megachurch, with subsequent interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park, both in the Akron area; the arrangements were handled by the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home.
We have many plans and enthusiasm to keep expanding and making Murderpedia a better site, but we really need your help for this. Jessie Marie Davis (1981, Waco June 14, 2007, Lake Township) was the murdered, near-term pregnant 26-year-old Ohio woman first reported missing from her Lake Township home on June 13, 2007.
The case drew an extraordinary response from the American media.