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Pregnant Mom Vanishes From Ohio Home

A search is underway for a North Canton, Ohio, woman – nine months pregnant – who disappeared from her home, leaving behind broken furniture, a pool of bleach on the floor and just one witness: a 2-year-old son who told police: "Mommy's crying ... Mommy's in the rug."

Investigators would not elaborate on the meaning of the child's statement, but a bed comforter is missing from the home of 26-year-old Jessie Marie Davis, whose disappearance was reported to police on Friday by her mother.

Also missing: the sheets from Davis' bed, and, her cell phone.

Police, who have been searching with the help of dogs and scores of volunteers, say so far they have no suspects in the case. Davis is described as white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 135 pounds, with hazel eyes, and brown hair with blonde highlights.

Anyone with information on Davis' whereabouts is asked to contact the Stark County Sheriff's Office at (330) 430-3684.

Davis' mother, Patricia Porter, was the last person to have a conversation with Davis when she spoke to her daughter Wednesday by phone.

"She sounded happy, very excited about Chloe (her unborn daughter)," Porter told The Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen. "We had our normal conversation. She was very up."

"She was excited about the baby," Porter said later. "She was getting ready to pack a suitcase for Chloe and for herself... she'd been hanging up the baby clothes."

Porter, who says she and her daughter talk on the phone frequently, became worried Thursday at not being able to reach her, and Friday, went to the house to see what was going on.

"First thing I saw," says Porter, "was her purse was all over the floor and then I hollered for [my grandson]... I said... 'Where's Mommy?' He came running downstairs and you could smell him as he came through because he soiled his diaper. And that just, just seemed really out of character, since the smell in the house was overwhelming. And I ran upstairs. He said, 'Mommy's crying and Mommy broke the table.' I thought maybe my daughter had got sick and passed out upstairs."

The worried grandmother then went upstairs, where she says the bedroom was in disarray. The lamp and the nightstand were knocked over and the mattress was pulled partially off the bed. She said bleach had been poured all over the floor.

The sliding patio door was unlocked, and Davis' car was still there.

"My God, something's wrong!" Porter said in a 911 call, telling the emergency dispatcher that Davis "would never, ever" leave her son alone.

Porter also told the dispatcher that the father of the boy and Davis' unborn daughter, Canton police patrolman Bobby Cutts Jr., was to drop off the child at the home on Thursday.

The police are using professionals who specialize in children because they are afraid of further traumatizing the boy.

Authorities say Cutts is cooperating with the investigation. Capt. Gary Shankle of the Stark County Sheriff's Office said they are interviewing many people, including Cutts' wife, Kelly Cutts, with whom he has two daughters. According to local newspaper reports, Kelly and Bobby Cutts have been separated since February and she is aware of her husband's relationship with Davis.

"Knowing my daughter, she was so immaculate that anything out of place in my mind seemed like shambles," said Porter. "You just feel absolutely numb... I see her picture on television and I think, 'Oh my God, what a beautiful girl.' And then it hits you: 'That's my girl.' "

Police have advised Porter not to ask the boy questions so that any recollections and information come out naturally. She said the toddler has trouble sleeping and refuses to let go of a photo of his mother.

"Whatever comes, comes," Porter said. "He plays a lot. We're not trying to prod him or anything."

Davis is employed by Allstate Insurance at a call center in nearby Hudson, company spokesman Mike Siemienas said.

Co-worker Dianna Piltz sent Davis a text message at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday that wasn't returned.

"We freak out when she's a couple minutes late. She's pregnant, and you always worry about pregnant women," Piltz said.

Rick Perez, chief deputy at the Stark County Sheriff's Department, says none of Davis' neighbors have reported seeing or hearing anything suspicious in the time leading up to the disappearance.

"Every now and then we'd see her out and about," said Jeff Midkiff, who lives nearby. "She would wave, or whatever. She seemed like a very quiet person."

Sheriff's deputies searched Davis' home over the weekend and returned Monday evening with FBI agents. They also went to Cutts' home in Canton on Monday night and carried items out of the house and into a minivan parked in the driveway.

Next-door neighbor Jeff Rhodes said Cutts and his wife had been living in the home for about two years.

"Good people. We talk, say 'Hi,'" he said.

Another neighbor, Libby Davis, who is not related to the missing woman, said she believes Cutts and his wife had been separated for about six months.

"She (the estranged wife) would come over occasionally and bring the kids for him to see," she said.