Rachael Madison allegedly moved to Florida to get away from her allegedly abusive husband

By Harriet Sokmensuer
November 30, 2016 04:32 PM
Credit: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office

A woman who moved to Florida to escape her allegedly abusive estranged husband disappeared Sunday afternoon while jogging — and police believe she is with the man she had tried to get away from, PEOPLE confirms.

Rachael Madison, 44, was reported missing by her aunt after she didn’t come back to her aunt’s house after a run along Ormond Beach, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant tells PEOPLE.

According to a Volusia County police report obtained by PEOPLE, Madison’s aunt, Thelma Newsom, told police that days earlier, Madison moved to Florida to get away from her husband, Jarvis Madison. On Nov. 14, Jarvis allegedly held Rachael hostage at gunpoint and fired a gun at her after finding out she wanted to leave him, the police report states.

According to Newsom, Madison was covered in scars from her husband’s alleged abuse, including one of her back from when Jarvis allegedly poured acid on a tattoo and several on her neck from when Jarvis allegedly cut her with a knife, the report states.

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The report alleges Jarvis frequently called Madison and her family members threatening to kill her if she did not come back to him. On the day of Madison’s disappearance, Newsom alleges Jarvis tried one last time to reach his wife, thirty minutes before she went for her run.

However, Gant tells PEOPLE cops are not sure whether Madison willingly went with Jarvis or was taken against her will.

“Given the allegations that we were made aware of in the fairly recent past, [there is a] a higher level of concern [for her safety],” Gant says.

According to the report, Newsom said that while Jarvis held Madison hostage at gunpoint on Nov. 14, Madison called her and kept her on the phone. At one point, Madison attempted to run away but Jarvis allegedly shot his gun at her, making her return to the car out of fear, Newsom told police.

After some time, Madison convinced Jarvis to stop at a Wal-Mart in Indiana, according to Newsom. Once inside, she called police, whose arrival on the scene allegedly prompted Jarvis to flee. On Monday, a felony warrant was issued for his arrest on criminal confinement charges.

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Rachael was settling into her new, quiet, life, Newsom told police, and jogged along Ormond Beach to clear her mind. She had been keeping a daily diary and was working on finding employment with her family’s support, Newsom said.

Credit: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office

The couple were homeless and lived between motels in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, police say. They sometimes lived in Jarvis’s 2011 silver Honda Pilot, police say.

“When you don’t have a permanent address or fixed location— where you can at least start [the investigation] — it poses a challenge,” Gant says of the couple’s transience. “We know generally that in the past [Jarvis] has been drawn to state parks and 24-hour businesses, like gas stations, but there are a lot of those between Indiana and elsewhere.”

Authorities say Jarvis may be traveling in a a silver 2011 Honda Pilot with Indiana tag EN2348. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

It is unclear whether Jarvis has an attorney in connection with his arrest warrant.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case can contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida toll-free at (888) 277-TIPS.