The family of a missing person who is also a person of interest in a robbery is in mourning after a body was found in the St. Albans city pool.
Police won't identify the victim, but his loved ones said it is 22-year-old Chris Davis who was missing.
Family and friends have been looking for Davis for about a month. Police have been searching too, calling him a person of interest in at least one robbery. His girlfriend says no matter what he's accused of he didn't deserve this.
"We left on bad terms and I just feel so bad," 20-year-old Samantha Jo Assisi said through tears Monday night. Davis was Assisi's off-and-on boyfriend of five years and the father of her two-year-old child. She reported him missing in mid-March.
At about 1:20 p.m. Monday, maintenance staff found a body in the St. Albans Public Pool. A friend relayed the news to Assisi from the scene. "And they said that they can't look at the body, but they described the tattoos and it was Chris," she recounted, "so that's how I found out."
She says she then called Davis' parents to confirm the heart-breaking news.
Thus far, investigators are releasing few details about the body found Monday. "We don't know if it's accidental or if it's homicidal or what," said Franklin County State's Attorney Jim Hughes, "we need to have the medical examiner's office give us a lot of feedback before we can even imagine that."
St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor said they've made a tentative ID, but won't confirm that it's Chris Muir Davis. He says they won't release the victim's name publicly until autopsy results come back. He did say the victim's family has been notified.
Vermont State Police are assisting in the investigation, but spokeswoman Stephanie Dasaro said she didn't know enough about the case to comment. A message left with the St. Albans-based VSP detective assigned to the case went unreturned.
As daylight began to fade Monday, investigators pumped out the pool hoping to find more evidence. Investigators found no immediate signs of a struggle, and the body has likely been in the half-empty, algae-laden pool for a few days.
Assisi said Davis' recently alleged role in an armed robbery doesn't make his death OK, even if he was guilty. "Nobody knows," she said, "nobody knows if he did it or not."
Assisi knows Davis wasn't a saint. She kicked him out in March due to his drug habits. She said he had debts, and suspects foul play in his untimely death.
"He was still a good dad, he was still a good person," she said, "he had a heart. He didn't deserve this, nobody ever deserves this."
Police said the autopsy process began Monday afternoon. Results could be available as early as Tuesday morning.
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