Alice Davis Missing: Body Found Behind Maryland Church May Be Local Teacher

09/12/2011 11:16 am ET | Updated Nov 12, 2011
  • David Lohr Senior Crime Reporter, The Huffington Post

Authorities in Maryland are trying to determine if a body found by a church group yesterday is that of missing school teacher Alice Davis.

The body was discovered late Sunday afternoon behind the Supreme Council of the House of Jacob Church in rural Somerset County. Members of the congregation had been back in the woods and unexpectedly found the body, police said.

A 55-year-old English teacher at Parkside High School in Salisbury, Alice Davis was last seen on Sept. 4. Her husband, Jesse Davis, 58, contacted police and reported her missing the following day and authorities located her blue 2010 Honda Fit hatchback abandoned in Fruitland, Md.

On September 7, the search for Alice Davis took an unexpected turn when authorities found her husband dead of an apparent suicide inside their home.

"He died from what appears to be self-inflicted razor wounds to his left arm -- he severed his artery," Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis told The Huffington Post last week.


Alice Elizabeth Davis

The discovery was made not long after authorities had executed a search warrant on the Davis home. Lewis said Jesse Davis is the only suspect in his wife's disappearance.

"Jess Davis initiated a deliberate, calculated and continuous course of deception and fabrication surrounding the disappearance of his wife," Lewis said at a Thursday press conference, according to WBOC News.

According to Maryland State Police, there are signs of trauma to the body that was found yesterday, but specific details are not being released at this time. The body has been transported to the office of the chief medical examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy and positive identification.

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