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Murder charge over pregnant woman
Jessie Davis (file picture)
Jessie Davis was nine months pregnant when she disappeared
A police officer has appeared in court in Ohio, charged with the murders of his girlfriend and her unborn child.

The body of Jessie Davis, 26, was found on Saturday, a week after she went missing from her home. She had been due to give birth to a daughter on 3 July.

Her boyfriend, Bobby Cutts Jr, 30, was arrested the same day. He is the father of her two-year-old son and was thought to be the father of her unborn child.

A friend of Mr Cutts, Myisha Ferrell, was charged with obstructing justice.

Bail was set for Mr Cutts at $5 million (2.5m) and for Ms Ferrell at $500,000.

Neither Mr Cutts nor Ms Ferrell has commented on the charges.

'Very difficult'

At a press conference outside the courtroom, Ms Davis's mother, Patty Porter, spoke of her heartbreak at the loss of her daughter.

"People who knew her know what a wonderful person she was," she said.

Volunteers search for Jessie Davis in Ohio
Thousands of volunteers joined the search for Jessie Davis

Ms Davis's body was found at the edge of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, about 25 miles ( 40km) from her home in north-eastern Ohio, after a search involving thousands of volunteers over several days.

She was still carrying her almost full-term baby, police said, who she had planned to call Chloe. Her family believed Mr Cutts to be the father.

Ms Davis's father, Ned Davis, spoke on US television network NBC's Today show to thank all those who had helped look for her.

"It's been, at best, it's been very, very difficult," he said. "Somebody found her and for that I'm very appreciative."

Ms Davis was reported missing by her mother on 15 June after she found her daughter's two-year-old son, Blake, on his own at Ms Davis's home in Lake Township.

Bedroom furniture was reportedly turned over on the floor, bleach had been spilled and Ms Davis's mobile phone and a quilt were missing.

Mr Cutts, who is married, has been placed on administrative leave from his job with the Canton police department, north-eastern Ohio.

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