Family holds out hope as FBI joins search for missing couple


ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The FBI has joined local law enforcement in the search for a couple who went missing earlier this year in eastern Ohio.

Brian Goff, 64, and Joni Davis, 55, were last seen June 10 leaving a Pizza Hut restaurant in Bridgeport, a village along the Ohio River. Authorities have said security camera footage showed their car then headed north on Ohio Route 7 shortly afterward.

Relatives say the Martins Ferry couple followed a strict daily routine, which makes their disappearance even more baffling. Goff became Joni Davis’ caregiver after Davis suffered a traumatic brain injury.

According to The Times Leader , Belmont County Sheriff’s Detective Ryan Allar said his agency and the FBI are using high-tech “investigative avenues” in the search.

“We are still trying to determine what happened to these individuals and to possibly locate them if foul play was involved,” Allar said. “At this point, we are doing all we can, and we won’t stop looking until we do get our answers,”

Jackie Davis, Joni’s sister, hopes the FBI’s help will lead to the couple being found.

“I think with the FBI resources, they are going to be able to do a lot more,” she said.

Jackie Davis’ fiance, Paul Newell, said he prays for the couple.

“I don’t know how they could be missing this long, but I feel like someone has done something to them,” Newell said. “To not find a car or anything, I just don’t know what to say.”

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