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Crews continuing search for Mengqi Ji Elledge

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Mid-Missouri authorities searching the Lamine River for Mengqi Ji Elledge who was reported missing in October.


The Columbia Police Department confirmed Friday officers are continuing their search for Mengqi Ji Elledge, who's been missing since October.

CPD spokesman Jeff Pitts said officers will start the search for Elledge on the Lamine River in Cooper County. Pitts could not say what day the search will start again.

A photo of Mengqi Ji Elledge who was last seen Oct. 8, 2019.

Pitts said water temperature, low visibility, equipment access and a buildup of debris are all factors the search team has to deal with.

"In addition to those factors, rainfall alters the depth and flow rate of the river impacting the search team’s ability to effectively and safely search the area," Pitts said. "All of these factors are taken into consideration in determining the next steps in the search."

Mid-Missouri law enforcement agencies started searching for Elledge on the Lamine on Nov. 26. Since then, crews have searched an area near the De Bourgmont access point 10 times.

Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.


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  1. I don’t know how many more times I can post this. Please stop referring to her as “Elledge.“ Elledge is in jail. they know where he is. Ji is the one they are searching for. Her name was never Elledge, and it is an insult to her to keep calling her by that name. She expressly did not want to change her name, and never did. And I am really baffled at how despite many phone calls and emails and posts, it continues to be bungled like this. just look at her Facebook page or property tax records. It’s not hard to verify her real name.

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