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Elledge case

Search continues for missing Columbia mother

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


The Columbia Police Department said it has not found any new evidence after it searched additional locations for the remains of Mengqi Ji.

According to a CPD news release, law enforcement has conducted aerial and ground searches near Ashland Lake and the Pine Ridge Recreation Campground. These locations are in addition to the north and south riverbanks at the Lamine River, which is continuing to be monitored.

Police have searched for Mengqi Ji since October 2019, when her husband, Joseph Elledge, reported her missing. Elledge has since been indicted on first-degree murder charges by the Boone County grand jury.

Police believe Elledge went to the locations that are now being searched before reporting Ji missing.

Authorities said they did not find any new evidence during the additional searches. CPD will now focus search efforts on the Lamine River.

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Molly Stawinoga

Molly Stawinoga is ABC 17’s weekday morning anchor and a reporter at ABC 17 News. Molly joined the news team in 2017 while studying political science, journalism and Spanish at the University of Missouri. She is originally from DeKalb, Illinois.


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