City of Columbia Missouri Police Department Police Department

600 E. Walnut Street
Columbia, MO 65201


November 15, 2019

CONTACT: Jeff Pitts
Community Relations Specialist/Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department
City of Columbia

The Columbia Police Department is asking for help from hunters and rural landowners in missing person case


The Columbia Police Department is reaching out to the public for assistance in locating evidence related to missing person Mengqi Ji Elledge.

Mengqi is a Chinese female with brown eyes and black shoulder-length hair that she typically wears in a bun. She is approximately 5'1"- 5'3" and weighs approximately 105 pounds. She has both ears pierced but typically does not wear earrings. 

Detectives have also determined that Mengqi may have had a purse with her when she disappeared. A photo of the purse has been attached.

CPD asks that hunters participating in the upcoming deer season, opening Saturday, Nov. 16, remain vigilant while out in the rural parts of Boone County and the surrounding areas. If they see or find anything suspicious, they should contact authorities immediately.

Landowners are also being asked to check hunting cameras during the dates of Oct. 8 to Oct. 11 for any signs of unusual activity. If anything is found to be out of the ordinary, please reach out and report it to CPD. 

CPD is continuing to actively investigate the disappearance of Mengqi, so there is no further information to share at this time in order to protect the integrity of the investigation. 

Anyone with any information or evidence regarding Mengqi should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

Case number: 2019-010707

Previous press release(s):

Columbia Police asking for public's help locating Mengqi Ji Elledge

UPDATE: Columbia Police begin a criminal investigation into the disappearance of Mengqi Ji Elledge

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