Report of a dead body creates a tizzy among out-of-town media. But the body was that of an elderly man, not the pregnant woman who went missing last week.

BY ROBERT WANG
GATEHOUSE OHIO GROUP
It doesn’t take much to spark a frenzy among the numerous out-of-town
journalists covering the disappearance of Jessie M. Davis.

Around 6 p.m. Tuesday an ambulance rushed to a Jackson Township home
where the body of an elderly man had been found in his bed.

The Stark County coroner’s investigator, Rick Walters, had a quick
conversation on the phone with paramedics. It wasn’t even a coroner’s case.

The man had died due to natural causes and had been under the care of a
doctor. Walters hung up, thinking that was the end of the matter.

But reporters and TV news producers reacted to the words “dead body” on the
radio scanner.

Within one half hour, several news media organizations were bombarding
Walters with phone calls.

“They wanted to know if we had a report of a dead body,” Walters recalled.

“I told them, 'Yeah, that’s pretty routine for us.’ ... They wanted to know
if it had anything to do with this woman missing.”

One journalist didn’t initially hear what Walters was saying. The person
said the news crew would be at the house right away.

“I told them it was not the case they thought it was,” said Walters.

The investigator said news organizations have been constantly calling the
coroner’s office all day long.

“The whole community’s on edge,” he said.