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Police to resume search for missing Columbia woman Friday


Law enforcement will resume the search for Mengqi Ji Elledge on Friday in the Lamine River in Cooper County. It will mark the 10th day authorities have searched the river for Elledge's body.

Authorities will be at the De Bourgmont access at 9:30 a.m.

It's been more than two months since Mengqi Ji was reported missing by her husband, Joseph Elledge. Joseph was named by Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight as the prime suspect in Mengqi Ji's disappearance.

Joseph Elledge remains in the Boone County jail on a $500,000 bond related to child abuse and child endangerment charges. He is not charged in Mengqi's disappearance.

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