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Search for missing Columbia mother could cost more than $500,000

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


The search for the body of a Missouri woman presumed to have been murdered by her husband could cost at least $500,000.

Authorities in Columbia believe the body of Mengqi Ji was dropped in the Lamine River, near Booneville in Cooper County, after she disappeared Oct. 8. In February, a grand jury indicted her husband, Joseph Elledge, on first-degree murder for allegedly killing her.

The Kansas City Star reported Friday that Ji’s family has reached out Missouri’s congressional delegation asking to tap into money from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help fund the search.

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