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Baltimore grandmother and grandson located in Anne Arundel County after five-day search; family ‘elated’

A Silver Alert has been activated for missing 72-year-old Marthann Davis & her 4-year-old grandson Ashton Davis. The two were reported missing on August 4th and were last seen leaving the 1100 block of Ramblewood Rd around 6:40pm in a Red Kia Soul, MD License Plate #: MD 8CT2557

A Baltimore grandmother and her young grandson, missing since Thursday, were located at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Anne Arundel County, police say.

Marthann Davis, 72, and Ashton Davis, 4, were taken to a local hospital, Baltimore Police said in a news release.


“They were transported to an area hospital for evaluation since they were in the car for so long and obviously hungry and fatigued,” said Detective Chakia Fennoy, spokeswoman for the Baltimore Police Department, in an email, adding that she wasn’t aware of any additional injuries to the pair.

The Davises were located in a residential area in Millersville “due to the alertness of a watchful citizen,” said Cpl. Chris Anderson, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department.


Marthann’s husband of 41 years, Charles Davis, said that a landlord found the two in Marthann’s Kia Soul on a tenant’s property.

Charles was at his wife’s side Tuesday afternoon at Anne Arundel Medical Center, where she is expected to stay overnight.

“She was a little out of it, a little confused, covered with mosquito bites, but seems fairly clear,” Charles said.

Her physical injuries were minor, he said, with an abrasion on one knee and marks on her leg that appeared to be from leaning against a surface for a long period of time.

Charles said his wife can’t remember how she and her grandson went missing for five days, prompting search parties made up of both loved ones and strangers.

“She’s the only one who will be able to fill in those blanks, and that’s only assuming that at some point, she remembers. At this point, she doesn’t,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, this result is all that matters.”

The Baltimore couple have three children and nine grandchildren, including Ashton, the youngest. Ashton’s parents took him to MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital on Tuesday, Charles said.

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Police issued a Silver Alert for the pair Saturday, which is done when an adult 60 or older with a cognitive impairment is missing and the person’s disappearance threatens their safety. Family members expressed concern that Marthann could have been dealing with a medical emergency when she got behind the wheel of her Kia Soul on Thursday evening in North Baltimore with Ashton in tow or that intense thunderstorms on Thursday evening could have kept the pair from returning home safely, according to police.


In the wake of their disappearance, the Journey of Faith Church in Baltimore advertised a community search party planned by the family, posting on Facebook that Marthann, who goes by the nickname “Sweetie,” was a parishioner there. The search began near Pimlico Race Course, according to the post.

Tuesday, the church shared an update on its Facebook page, reading: “Praise the Lord!! Sweetie and Ashton have been found alive!!”

Charles said he was “elated” to learn his wife was found.

“This is the polar opposite of what I was yesterday,” he said. “I don’t think I could have gotten much lower.”

He thanked everyone who played a part in searching for his wife and grandson over the past five days.

“This is the point at which it gets no better,” Charles said.