The death of a 20-year-old Marietta resident last November labeled as "suspicious" is garnering national attention as family and friends of the victim are pushing for a resolution to the case.
The body of Jaleayah Davis was found on Interstate 77 near the Emerson Avenue exit in West Virginia, two-tenths of a mile from her car on Nov. 19.
Jaleayah Davis sustained multiple traumatic injuries in the incident after apparently being struck by a vehicle, according to police.
According to her family, Jaleayah Davis had contacted her sister three times early Nov. 19 crying and upset asking to meet her. The two agreed to meet at the Williamstown rest stop off I-77, but Jaleayah never arrived.
Since that time, the victim's family has been seeking answers as to what led to her death.
"How do you move forward, when you don't know what happened?" asked Kim Davis, Jaleayah's mother.
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The Wood County Sheriff's Office is waiting on forensic evidence from the West Virginia Criminal Identification Bureau (CIB). No time frame is available for when the evidence report will be received.
Once evidence from the CIB is received, it will be forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia Medical Examiner for analysis.
A campaign by friends of Jaleayah Davis on Facebook and Twitter is drawing national attention, including from Headline News investigative reporter Nancy Grace.
Source: Wood County Sheriff's Office; Justice for Jaleayah Facebook page.
Last week, a Twitter campaign was launched by friends, who have been waging a social media war to keep interest in the case alive.
"We didn't believe that people actually forgot about Jaleayah, but it made us feel good that so many people want to help," Davis said.
Megan Thompson, 21, of Federal Street, Little Hocking, contacted Headline News investigative reporter Nancy Grace through Twitter, who responded by asking for the story.
Thompson, who did not know Jaleayah, said other celebrities such as singer Joe Nichols have also tweeted support for the cause and the Facebook page, Justice for Jaleayah.
"I just feel like her family should have justice and nothing is getting done," Thompson said. "I just wanted to do what I could."
Nichols, a country music singer, tweeted "Help this cause! #JusticeForJaleayah." Other tweets included former NBA player Walter McCarty saying "RT #JusticeForJaleayah" which he sent to personalities such as actress Ashley Judd and University of Kentucky basketball player Anthony Davis, considered a top NBA prospect.
Another tweet stated "One thing I really care about this summer is getting #JusticeForJaleayah."
Calls to Headline News and Grace seeking comment were not returned this week.
Along with Grace and Nichols, U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, and Robin McGraw, wife of TV's Dr. Phil, have expressed support for the cause, Davis and Thompson said.
Jenna Snyder, 19, of Waterford Road, Marietta, graduated with Jaleayah's younger sister, Taubi, and said a group of supporters has begun making T-shirts, bracelets and decals for car windows to support the cause.
Social media is just the latest effort to keep generating interest in the case and pressure for a resolution.
"It's exciting. I think that it will definitely get out there," Snyder said. "Taubi and her mom, Kim, will get the justice they need."
Officials with the Wood County Sheriff's Office said they are continuing their investigation into the case and are awaiting return of evidence from the state Criminal Identification Bureau (CIB).
"We're kind of at a holding point, waiting on results still from the lab," said Wood County Sheriff's Sgt. Camille Waldron.
According to police, the accident was described as "suspicious" because it was a single-vehicle car accident that had questions surrounding the circumstances.
That classification has not changed.
Supporters have been calling the incident a "murder" on Facebook and Twitter, but law enforcement said they have no evidence to support that claim at this time.
"The rumor mill is running rampant," Waldron said. "They're forming their own opinions. What they're basing their opinions on, I haven't a clue."
The sheriff's office has no timetable for when the investigation into the death will be completed.
Patrons of the cause said they hope the national attention will be positive in the case and lead to a quicker resolution.
"In the end, I want to know what happened to my daughter," Davis said. "If there's people involved in this, I want them prosecuted."