Sara Apple Missing in Ohio: Mom Disappears With 4-Year-Old Son Max Apple
Monday, June 20, 2011 at 8:58 am
|Sara was undergoing counseling for depression when she disappeared|
The pair have been missing ever since.
According to her family, Sara's the kind of person who talks to her mother daily, so it would be unusual for her to be out of contact. But she has recently been in contact with her biological father, who appears to have been out of the picture for some time. He lives in the Carolinas, so detectives believe she may have driven to his house.
Sara is described as 5-feet-tall and weighing 140 pounds. She's driving a white, 2004 Saturn with Ohio plates.
|Police now believe Sara emptied her family bank accounts and ripped off her employer before fleeing with her son Max|
When she picked up her son after work last Thursday, it seems Sara planned to disappear all along. Police discovered unsent goodbye letters to family and friends. She'd also been stashing money for her getaway, keeping it instead of making the mortgage and car payments.
She'd drained her family's bank accounts and opened new accounts without her husband's knowledge.
Her bigger problem is that she may have also ripped off her employer, Fiberglas Federal Credit Union, where she worked as a teller. The company says there was a significant shortfall in her drawer after she left Thursday.
The credit union isn't sure how much money is missing; it's now conducting an audit. But Newark police have dropped their missing persons investigation. The next phase will likely be a criminal probe.
UPDATE II: Sara and Max Apple have been found safe in Maine.
She apparently told police in Trenton, Maine that Ohio detectives were looking for. But that won't be the end of her troubles.
Her husband Chris says they were still living together while amicably pursuing divorce before she left. He wanted out due to her infidelity, he says. But while she was away, he filed for divorce and petitioned for custody of Max. He says his wife suffers from depression and probably stopped taking her medicine.
Police also expect to charge her with inducing panic and interference with custody. Then there's the missing money from the credit union that still must be accounted for.
Mother and son and expected to fly back to Ohio today.
See our last story from the Missing Persons file: Lauren Spierer Missing in Indiana: Student Last Seen Arguing Outside Apartment Building.