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UPDATE (12:55 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13): The victim’s name has been released by her family. Tammy Putman says her daughter Jessica Marshall was the woman found in a field in Reedsville, Ohio over the weekend.
Putman says her daughter suffered several injuries to her head, including having her nose allegedly “bitten off.”
Marshall is in stable condition but is still in pain according to her family following an incident allegedly involving her boyfriend Christopher Cowdery.
As of Tuesday night, the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for Cowdery and Marshall’s family is urging anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward.
“You are a monster for what you did. If you have one ounce of dignity, one ounce of humanity, you will turn yourself in now,” Putman says Tuesday night referring to Cowdery.
MEIGS COUNTY, OH (WOWK) – Authorities are searching for a man wanted on charges including attempted murder in Meigs County.
According to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, arrest warrants have been issued for Christopher Cowdery on charges of attempted murder, a first-degree felony; felonious assault, a second-degree felony; and strangulation, a second-degree felony.
Meigs County Sheriff Scott Fitch says the charges stem from an incident that happened in a field on private property in Reedsville, Ohio, on Saturday, Sept. 9. The suspect and a female victim were at a reunion that day, according to the MCSO.
On Sunday, Sept. 10, deputies said the victim’s mother contacted authorities saying the victim was in need of medical attention. She remains in the hospital.
While the circumstances that led to the incident are unclear at this time, Sheriff Fitch says the victim is still in “serious condition.”
According to the sheriff, deputies and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit have executed multiple search warrants trying to find Cowdery, searching multiple homes and outside areas.
The sheriff’s office says they are also following up on multiple leads and tips at this time.
“Finding Chris is our #1 priority,” Sheriff Fitch said in a Facebook post. “If anyone is found to be harboring or aiding Chris in evading arrest, then they will be criminally charged to the fullest extent of the law. if you see this Facebook post, we know you are well aware that you are wanted. I strongly suggest that you stop hiding and turn yourself in immediately.”
Sheriff Fitch says Cowdery is considered dangerous, and anyone who knows the whereabouts of or sees Cowdery should contact 911 or your local law enforcement agency.