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One Year Gone: Case of missing Easton man running cold

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Update: It has been over a year since Tyler Davis went missing from Easton Town Center. Since February 24, 2019, the case has made little to no progress.

Scroll down to read more about the night Davis vanished.

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04/10/2019: 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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By The Numbers: How COVID-19 has impacted Ohio thus far

Mitch Hooper

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While these numbers are subject to fluctuate and grow throughout the upcoming days and weeks, Ohio.gov has released its current numbers on COVID-19 and its impacts.

Currently, as of March 31, 2020, here are the reports:

  • 2,199 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio
  • 585 total hospitalizations
  • 198 ICU admissions
  • 55 total deaths

The median age of these cases was reported at 53 with a sex split at 49% males and 51% females with a less than 1% not reporting their sex. The age range, however, goes from one year olds to 99-years-old.

614Now will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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Facebook to offer $100 million boost to small businesses

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As more and more small businesses shift focus and find new footing amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Facebook is looking to assist with financial relief.

Through its Facebook Small Business Grants Program, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, announced the company is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits up to a maximum of 30,000 eligible small businesses in the 30 countries they operate. These cash grants and ad credits, as reported by Business Insider's Dominic Reuter, can be used by businesses to help cover operational costs, afford rent, and pay employees.

Currently, Facebook is still creating the criteria for which businesses can be approved for this grant, however, Business Insider predicts it will be modeled similarly to the Small Business Association. For more information, check out the SBA website.

To keep up-to-date with the Facebook Small Business Grant Program, visit the website where you can sign up for email updates. In the meantime, Facebook has provided tips for small businesses such as ways to stay in touch with your customers, how to host an online event, and advice on preparing a frequently asked question list for your page.

614Now will update this story as more information becomes available.

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City Health Dept to step up business inspections

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Beginning today, Columbus Public Health will step up inspections on businesses to assure they are complying with the Ohio Department of Health’s orders for social distancing and basic hygiene to slow the spread of COVID- 19.

“We are at a critical moment in slowing the spread of this highly infectious disease in our community,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “We have received hundreds of complaints that some businesses are not complying with the Ohio Department of Health’s orders, and we must assure that employees and residents are safe.”

Teams of sanitarians will visit businesses to assess the number of people working, if they are able to work at a safe distance from one another and if soap, water or hand sanitizer are readily available. Those not in compliance will receive a warning letter. A second violation will result in citations and could lead to criminal charges.

“We are pleased that most people and businesses are doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following the Ohio Department of Health’s orders,” said Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Health Commissioner for Columbus Public Health. “However, we continue to receive complaints from residents that some businesses are not following these orders. We will be sending our teams out to investigate these complaints in order to protect the health and safety of our community.”

Columbus Public Health will not be weighing in on whether a company or workers are essential, only if the place of employment is in compliance with the order. Guidelines for Essential Businesses can be found at corona.ohio.gov.

“Businesses want to do the right thing, but may not know the full extent of the state’s social distancing and safe hygiene requirements. That’s why educating business owners and the public about how we slow the spread of COVID-19 is so important,” said City Attorney Zach Klein.

“Our ‘education first, citation second’ approach allows people to learn about the state’s order while still giving health officials and law enforcement the ability to issue a citation if someone refuses to cooperate.”

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