Community members gather in vigil for missing Columbia woman

7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago Saturday, November 09 2019 Nov 9, 2019 Saturday, November 09, 2019 5:04:00 PM CST November 09, 2019 in News
By: Emily Wolf, KOMU 8 Digital Producer, Spencer Humphrey and Grace Qin, KOMU 8 Reporters
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COLUMBIA — Community members came together in MU Speaker's Circle to call for justice for missing woman Mengqi Ji Elledge.

"We would not have made much progress without all of your help," Xiaolin Ji, Mengqi Ji's father, said through a translator. "I believe truth will eventually come out about what happened to Mengqi. And I believe righteous will always win over evil."

Those gathered in the circle sang Amazing Grace and prayed together for Mengqi Ji.

Friday was the one-month anniversary of Mengqi Ji's disappearance. No one has been arrested in the case, but Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight said Wednesday in court that her husband, Joseph Elledge, is the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance.

Joseph was arrested in October on charges of child abuse. He is currently in Boone County Jail on a $500,000 bond for child abuse and neglect.

Some of the people at the vigil held signs with the words "Keep [the child] away from abusers," a reference to the custody battle between Joseph Elledge's mother, Jean Elledge, and Mengqi Ji Elledge's parents.

Knight said in the same court appearance that both sets of grandparents will have equal custody of the child.

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