NEWARK, Ohio (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) – Police said Monday they are “looking carefully” at Sara Apple’s husband, taking steps to verify information he’s given them, as well as all other possibilities as to why she and her 4-year-old son Max vanished last week.
Sara is the 24-year-old missing Newark mom who vanished with her 4-year-old son Max after picking him up from daycare Thursday evening between 5:30 and 6 p.m.
Sara’s father, Mark Yohman, said, “We spoke to the detectives today and they are leaving no stone unturned. As you may be aware, the FBI is assisting in the search. They are looking in Ohio as well as outside of Ohio. They said to spread the word to everyone.”
He is urging people to download and print the missing person’s flyer and distribute them wherever people can. Many print shops will print missing persons fliers free of charge. Click here to download the flyer.
Sara never made it home, texting her husband, Chris Apple, to let him know she’d be spending the night at her parents’ home. She never made it to her parents’ home either, and it wasn’t until Friday before she was reported missing.
According to The Newark Advocate, friends and family told police Sara had not given indications she planned to leave.
Newark Police Sgt. Scott Shaw told CNN that there had been “domestic disquietude” in the Apple’s home recently – he emphasized no violence has been alleged.
It is customary that police look at the spouse of a missing person, especially when there is any indication there may have been discord between the two parties.
Sgt. Shaw said investigators have searched the Apple home and areas nearby. At this point, though, “everything points to the fact that he’s [Chris Apple] just as in the dark as everyone else.”
Sgt. Shaw said Sara was reported missing when she failed to show up to work on Friday morning by both her co-workers and her husband.
Police are now conducting what they’re calling a “two-pronged investigation,” looking at the possibilities of foul play and a voluntary disappearance.
Authorities have no evidence that strongly points in one direction or the other, Sgt. Shaw said Monday, but until they have evidence to indicate otherwise, “we have to be concerned” that Sara and Max could be in danger.
“We need to find them,” Shaw said. “We need to find what’s going on.”
Sara had recently reconnected with estranged family members in Ohio and the Carolinas but there’s no indication she has had contact with any of them since Thursday.
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.
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. 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.
Sara’s father, Mark Yohman, 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.
The “Sara Apple and Max Apple Missing” Facebook page was created by Sara’s family and is the official Facebook page where they will share updates, news, and a place to provide support for the family.
24-year-old mom and her 4-year-old son vanish; police look into foul play
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