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Thursday
Sep082011

Missing Maryland Teacher's Husband Commits Suicide

Comstock/Thinkstock(WICOMICO COUNTY, Md.) -- The disappearance of a former Teacher of the Year took a dark turn when her taxidermist husband -- and the chief supect in her disapperance -- was found dead in an apparent suicide, Maryland police said Thursday.

The body of Jesse Davis was found in the couple's home Wednesday night, three days after he reported his wife, Alice Davis, missing.

Police are now saying Jesse Davis, 58, was the main suspect in his wife's disappearance.

Alice Davis, 55, was last seen Sunday evening, when she allegedly left to go shopping at Walmart. Her husband reported her missing on Monday evening. She has still not been located.

In a press conference Thursday, investigators from the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said that they believed Jesse Davis knew exactly what happened to his wife.

"Jesse Davis initiated a deliberate, calculated and continuous course of deception and fabrications surrounding the disappearance of his wife," Sheriff Michael Lewis said.

Jesse Davis was under "constant surveillance" by deputies, and on Wednesday night, a car pulled into the Davis driveway and someone entered the house, police said. Moments later, the person exited the house after observing blood on the kitchen floor. Deputies secured the perimeter and moved in.

Inside, they found "the body of 58-year-old Jesse Davis in his living room recliner. It appears he died from self-inflicted lacerations to the left arm. Nearby evidence supported this as well," Lewis said.

Investigators also revealed that surveillance footage from the Big Lots parking lot where Alice Davis' abandoned blue Honda Fit was found shows Jesse Davis driving her car to the parking lot and abandoning it there.

Alice Davis has been a teacher at Parkside High School for 28 years and is the English department chair. She was the school's Teacher of the Year in 2000.

Thursday morning before school, 100 teachers, staff, students and former students gathered at the school's auditorium to hold vigil for Davis. Attendees wore school-themed green and white ribbons on their shirts in support of the search for Davis.

Police are investigating her disappearance as a criminal investigation and suspect foul play.

Air and ground searches for her continued Thursday. A team of detectives, bloodhounds and cadaver dogs are searching for the teacher on the ground as helicopters search from above, according to DelmarvaNow.com. Law enforcement is asking community members and hunters with ATVs and horses to help in the search.

The brown-haired and blue-eyed teacher is 5-feet-9 and approximately 175 pounds. She was last seen wearing a yellow shirt with images of cats on the front, blue shorts and sandals.

"By no means is this investigation over," Lewis said. "We still have lots of work to do and more importantly -- most importantly -- we need to locate Alice Davis."

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