CPD searches Cooper County for missing Columbia woman

2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 2:45:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
By: Emily Spain, KOMU 8 Anchor and Trinidy Thompson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - A Columbia Police source confirmed officers were following up on leads Wednesday in Cooper County in relation to missing Columbia woman Mengqi Ji Elledge.

Authorities would not confirm the exact location of their activity.

Mengqi Ji was originally reported missing Oct. 10, and her husband, Joseph Elledge, is the prime suspect of an active investigation into her disappearance.

Joseph has not been charged in relation to her disappearance, but has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree and felony child abuse charge.

Recently, Columbia Police asked hunters and rural landowners for help in locating evidence related to Mengqi Ji.

Missouri State Highway Patrol previously searched two ponds behind Elledge's apartment on Oct. 17, but troopers say nothing of interest was found.

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