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Update: Dateline picks up case of missing Easton man

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About a month and a half has gone by since 29-year-old husband and father Tyler Davis went missing from the Easton Town Center area.

Dateline NBC caught up with Tyler’s wife, Brittany, to recount the day her birthday turned into her worst nightmare.

For Brittany’s birthday on February 24, Tyler planned a getaway to Easton Town Center where they had a hotel and couple’s massage booked. This was going to be one of three yearly occasions (Brittany’s birthday, Tyler’s birthday, and their anniversary) the two dedicate to spending time alone

On February 23, Tyler and Brittany left their Wilmington, OH home to drop their son off at Tyler’s parents before heading to the Hilton hotel. Brittany told Dateline they checked in at about 5pm.

A close friend of the couple who was not identified by name in the article came by the Hilton to hang out. By around 8:30pm, the three ventured out of the hotel for dinner.

Following the meal, Brittany, Tyler, and their friend walked around Easton to get a lay of the land to inform their shopping excursion planned for the next day. Brittany told Dateline nothing out of the ordinary happened that evening.

Around 3am, the group was tired and called an Uber to take them back to the hotel. This is when the night took a turn.

Brittany told Dateline that when they were getting out of the vehicle, Tyler seemed “confused and frustrated.” He was going to go on a walk. Brittany offered to join her husband, but she needed to charge her phone. Instead, their friend went with Tyler.

And so, Brittany returned to the room to plug in her phone. After sufficient charge, Brittany went back outside, but couldn’t find Tyler or their friend. At around 3:30am, Tyler called her and said he’d be right back.

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A few minutes later, their friend returned to the hotel alone. He reaffirmed Brittany that Tyler would be back soon. Brittany called Tyler multiple times but he didn’t answer.

The friend had seen Tyler on the walk, but Brittany was unsure why or when the two separated, reports Dateline.

About an hour after Tyler left for the walk, around 4:10am, he called Brittany. He said he was “walking through the woods” and that he could “see the hotel.” Brittany said he sounded “so confused,” and that since he wasn’t an outdoorsy person, “woods” to him could mean “two trees right beside each other.”

Seconds later, Tyler called again. When Brittany picked up, the line was open for about four seconds, then the phone hung up. She called back but his phone was off. It’s been off ever since.

At around 4:30am, their friend, who lives about 10 minutes from the hotel, decided to go home. Concerned Brittany began calling friends to ask for advice about what to do. Everyone assured her that there was nothing to be worried about and that Tyler would walk through the door at any moment.

But, as the sun began to rise, Tyler was still nowhere to be found.

Brittany then called an old roommate who lives in Columbus. He came to the hotel around 8am and the two of them drove around Easton together looking for Tyler. Brittany thought maybe he could have fallen asleep on a bench somewhere.

The search was fruitless.

She then called Tyler’s parents and then the Columbus Police Department around 10:30am.

Brittany, Tyler’s father, and authorities combed the area, but there was no trace of Tyler. Security footage is currently being reviewed.

Tyler Davis is described as being 5’10” tall and weighing 170 lbs. with brown hair, brown eyes, and a birthmark on his right arm. He was last seen wearing a blue and green flannel shirt with blue jeans and black and white Nike shoes.

If you have any information surrounding Tyler’s disappearance, please call the Columbus Police Department at 614-645-4545.

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Posted by Brittany Davis on Friday, April 5, 2019
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Orange Barrel Hell: 5 road projects to avoid at all costs

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The ubiquitous orange construction barrel: a sign of central Ohio’s continual growth, and the stuff of traffic nightmares.

Road construction in central Ohio is a headache that may be impossible to avoid, but at least you can try. Here are five ongoing road projects to watch out for.

Watkins road at 33 – Closed indefinitely
A truck hit the 33 overpass at Watkins Rd on Thursday, leading to a closure of Watkins that could last for months, according to ODOT officials.

I-70 between I-270 and Wilson Rd – southbound Wilson closed for the weekend
I-270 to I-70 eastbound on the west side, as well as Southbound Wilson Road over I-70, will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday. The closure will last through the weekend. All lanes will reopen at 5:00 AM Monday.

I-71 South Side ‘Mega Fix’ Between Grove City and Columbus
The South Side construction project on Interstate 71 between Columbus and Grove City will add extra lanes, new bridges, and exit ramps throughout five miles of highway. The project will be under construction for at least three years, with completion targeted for the Fall of 2020.

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I-670 / I-270 Smart Lane
Construction on the Ohio’s first SmartLane has begun. The project spans seven miles miles of I-670 between downtown and John Glenn International Airport.

The new lane, called a SmartLane, will utilize state-of-the-art digital overhead signs installed every three-quarters of a mile to let motorists know if the lane is open to traffic. SmartLanes are intended to ease traffic congestion during peak rush hours.

3rd Avenue Widening near Railroad between Edgehill Road and Columbus Fire Station #25
Eastbound 3rd Avenue is detoured at Northwest Boulevard, except for local business traffic. This detour is expected to be in place for the rest of the year for a widening, reconstruction, and pedestrian path project.

What ongoing road project grinds your gears in your daily commute? Let us know in the comments.

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Video: Local church apologizes after kids spit on pastor

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Please consider this story your weekly reminder not to spit on people—even if they’re literally asking for it.

The Impact City Church in Pataskala has issued an apology over an Easter lesson gone wrong, in which youth minister Jaddeus Dempsey encouraged kids to slap him and spit on him. One student, at Dempsey’s direction, even cut the pastor’s bare back with a knife. The exercise was intended to teach students about Christ’s crucifixion.

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In a statement posted to Facebook, the church assured the public that there is a formal review and investigation of the incident under way from their Board of Directors:

While Dempsey’s future at the church is uncertain, perhaps this bizarre incident did manage to convey a simple lesson—don’t spit on people!

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There’s still hope for bigger, better Whitehall Kroger

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Two years has gone by since Kroger purchased a former Big Bear grocery store at the Town and Country Shopping Center in Whitehall, but the massive marketplace is still promising a bigger, better store for the community.

The place may just be a vacant lot right now, but according to This Week News, the 8.2-acre site at 3680 E. Broad St could become a shopping center with a drive-through pharmacy, fuel center, expanded kosher offerings, ClickLists, and other amenities.

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But ultimately, the project timeline is still being worked out.

Via a 15-year, 53% tax-increment-financing agreement Whitehall City Council approved in 2016, Kroger’s deadline to begin construction was pushed back from the end of 2018 to the end of 2021.

Kroger purchased the property for $4.2 million and is expected to shell out another $24 million to build the new store.


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