Police identify body found in an Ohio river as missing activist who disappeared two months ago
Amber Evans vanished January 28 in Columbus after a fight with her boyfriend
Evans was an active member of several community justice organizations including the People’s Justice Project and the Juvenile Justice Coalition
Body of 28-year-old Columbus resident was pulled from the Scioto River on Saturday
Details about her cause of death or how she ended up in the river remain unclear
Investigators previously said that there was no reason to suspect foul play in Evans’ disappearance, but her mother Fischer, a mental health worker, is certain her daughter would not take her own life
No indication if that official view has changed
Many accused Columbus police of conducting a slow investigation because of Evans’ had criticized the department in the past.
Officials refuted that claim, saying that there were delays because it was initially too cold to drag the river.
Investigators tried to ‘ping’ Evans’ cellphone to find its location and used drones to canvas the area near where she suddenly vanished.
A dive team turned up no sign of her in the area of the river near her car – further dive searches have been stymied by weather.
Volunteer groups also organized several searches for the 28-year-old who was known as an active member of several community justice organizations.