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By JESSICA HOPPER
June 13, 2011
Missing Ohio mom Sara Apple and her 4-year-old son Max. (courtesy Patricia and Mark Yohman)
Patricia Yohman broke down crying today as she described her daughter and grandson, who both disappeared from Newark, Ohio, four days ago reportedly en route to Yohman’s house.
“I just want her to let someone know that she’s out there and that she’s safe,” Yohman said, referring to her daughter Sara Apple.
Apple, 24, works as a bank teller. When she got off of work on Thursday, she picked up her son Max, 4, from a babysitter and told her husband and babysitter that she was going to spend the night at her mother’s home.
Ohio police with the help of the FBI are searching for the missing duo.
Yohman said that she never talked to her daughter on the day she and Max disappeared and they had not planned for the two to spend the night at her house.
“The last time I talked to her was Wednesday,” said Yohman. “She was over for a family cookout and she was happy and seemed like everything was fine.”
Yohman began crying when she described her petite daughter with long brown hair.
“She has a huge heart and she would do anything for anyone. She’s a good mother,” Yohman said through tears. “Max is a very outgoing little boy and he would talk to anyone. He looks just like his mom”
Newark police told ABC News that they haven’t ruled out the possibility of foul play.
They are using the help of the FBI in their search efforts and have alerted authorities in North and South Carolina to be on the lookout for Apple’s 2004 White Saturn Ion. Apple has family on her father’s side that lives in that region. She recently reconnected with them, but has never met them, police said.
Apple’s husband and Max’s father, Chris Apple, is not a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife and son, police said.
“He’s been very cooperative. We’ve searched the residence a couple of times. There’s no evidence of any kind. We’ve taken steps to verify his statements to us and his veracity,” Newark Police Sgt. Scott Snow said.
Snow said that there is no history of domestic violence between the couple, but that they were having “domestic disquietude.”
Police said that Apple recently stopped taking prescription medication. The medication was to reportedly treat depression, the Newark Advocate reported.
Apple’s family was not aware of any marital problems or medication.
Family, friends and volunteers have been handing out flyers and started a Facebook group to help in their search.
Max is 3 feet tall with brown hair and brown eyes. Apple is 5 feet tall and about 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The White Saturn Ion has a license plate of FCQ-5079.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Newark Division of Police at (740) 670-7201 or (740) 670-7934.