Amber Owens laid to rest

As some 300 people streamed into the Ethan Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church to say goodbye to Amber Owens on Friday, officials announced that they have a person of interest in death.

Among those attending the funeral was Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, who said he’s been friends with the Owens’ family for years, and said they are “like family” to him. He’s taken a personal interest in his agency’s investigation into the death, which is considered a homicide.

“Any homicide case is serious and we throw every resource we have at it, but this is personal,” he said. “Amber was a nice young lady who has three babies. This is a tragedy and (her family) would like some closure.”

The mother of three went missing Oct. 21 and her body was found by road crews in some brush near Post Town Road in Trotwood on Dec. 4.

Detectives do have “a person of interest we’ve been looking at for awhile,” Plummer said. The agency has also submitted several pieces of evidence to a crime lab for analysis. But he said he still needs the public’s help with information.

“It’s tough when people don’t talk. Somebody heard something. Anybody who’s heard anything, even rumors, call us so we can follow leads,” Plummer said.

Owens’ husband, Dominique Mays, sat at the front of the church located at 4000 Shiloh Springs Road during the funeral service. The couple’s son sat on his lap and he wiped tears from his face. Owens’ family asked Mays not to attend the service, But he showed up and was not asked to leave once seated in the sanctuary. Mays and Owens’ family said he had a volatile relationship with his wife. The two have a history of domestic violence and were not living together at the time of her death.

Bette Roebuck, Owens’ grandmother, said there was a note of finality to the funeral, but that doesn’t mean the family will stop searching for answers about what happened to her. Owens’ cousin, D’Juana Redmon, said she hopes information about what happened to the young mother will help heal the pain of her loss.

“There were weeks where we went without knowing where Amber was or what happened to Amber and to be at least able to say our final goodbyes, I think that will help with the healing process,” she said.

Owens did not have life insurance and a fund, the Amber Owens May Family Trust, has been set up in her name to defray funeral costs and provide scholarships for her daughter and two sons, family said.

Check, cash, debit or credit card contributions can be deposited at any JP Morgan Chase Bank branch, the family said.


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