Police arrest Akron man in girlfriend’s stabbing death

AKRON — An Akron man initially told police he didn’t know the whereabouts of his missing girlfriend.

When officers asked to search his home, though, police say Jordan Dehaven told them his girlfriend was dead in his basement.

Officers found the body of Amy Rowan, 41, wrapped in a blanket with a fatal stab wound Friday night, said Lt. Rick Edwards, a police spokesman.

Dehaven, 35, was charged with aggravated murder and murder and booked into the Summit County Jail.

Police say Amy Rowan’s mother reported her missing about 6:30 p.m. Friday. She told police that she hadn’t heard from her daughter all day and Amy didn’t show up for work. She said she called Amy’s cellphone and it went straight to voicemail.

Rowan lived with her mother in a Darrow Road home.

Officers talked to Rowan’s friends, mother and Dehaven, and they searched several areas before returning to Dehaven’s Tompkins Avenue home about 9:30 p.m. They asked Dehaven for permission to search his home and he gave it, and then admitted to killing her and leaving her body in the basement, Edwards said.

Officers searched the home and recovered a knife and immediately arrested Dehaven, Edwards said.

Dehaven doesn’t have a prior criminal record.


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