NEWARK, Ohio (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — According to her family, there’s no way the young Newark mom would just take off and not call her family. She and her 4-year-old son Max have been missing since Thursday evening – vanished without a trace.
Police say they’re looking equally hard into whether Sara Apple left voluntarily or if her disappearance is the result of foul play.
Sara and Max were last seen Thursday evening when Sara picked Max up from daycare.
Sara’s husband, Chris Apple, told Sara’s parents that Sara had sent him a text letting him know she would be staying at her [Sara’s] parents’ home Thursday night.
She never arrived at her parents’ Whitehall home that night.
Sara didn’t show up or call her job Friday morning, which alerted her family that something was wrong. She was reported missing Friday morning.
According to Newark Police Sgt. Scott Snow, Sara works at Fiberglas Federal Credit Union in Newark.
Over the weekend Newark Police spoke with relatives and friends and no one is aware of any threats or indications that Sara planned to leave, Snow said.
Sara was being treated for depression and stopped taking her medications, Snow said. Newark Police has contacted the FBI and law enforcement in other states. Snow said she’d recently reconnected with her father’s family in the Carolinas.
The FBI, Snow says, has the experience and resources nationwide to assist in missing persons cases. “We’ve worked with the FBI on a number of cases,” he said.
Family and friends spent the weekend passing out flyers and updating a Facebook page they’ve created to raise awareness about Sara and Max’s disappearance “Sara Apple and Max Apple Missing.” They were also speaking with media trying to keep their names and photos in front of the public.
Her family said it’s not like her to not have contact with her family. Mark said she talks to her mother Tricia daily.
Sara’s husband, Chris Apple, said, “Of course, the worst case scenario pops into your head. There’s no reason for her to not be at her mom’s or at home. Were they carjacked or kidnapped?”
“I’m feeling horrible,” he continued, “I’ve never felt this bad in my life. I haven’t been able to sleep. I haven’t been able to eat.”
Sara’s father said, “Her mom talks to her every day – guaranteed. This is not Sara. No one expects this.”
“I’ve been to (Interstate) 70 East, all the way to Zanesville, at every single exit and gas station,” Mark said. “This is completely out of character. It’s something nobody would expect.”
Mark hung a flyer on the side of the family car in hope someone will recognize his daughter and grandson.
Sara is the eldest of five kids and her parents said her disappearance has left a hole in their family.
“Her brother and sisters, we miss her so badly. We just want to hear from her,” Sara’s father, Mark Yohman, said during a news interview with nbc4i.com.
Mark said Sara likes to read and write short stories, and that she’s a good mother.
Family and friends canvassed the area posting up fliers and helping to search for mother and son over the weekend.
Newark police detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding Sara and Max.
Sara could be driving a 2004 white Saturn Ion with Ohio plate FCQ5079. There is a sticker or decal of a family of four on the rear window and the passenger side rearview mirror is missing.
Sara is 5 feet tall and weighs about 150 pounds. She is described as having a crooked smile. Max is 3 feet tall and weighs about 40 pounds. They both have brown hair and eyes.
Snow asked residents to be alert and focus on Sara’s facial features and vehicle as hair color can change. “Our belief,” Snow said, “is that somebody knows where she is.”
Police ask if you have any information to call 740-670-7201.
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Source: nbc4i.com, 10tv.com