In collaboration with local and state partners, the Columbia Police Department has determined that the next step in the search for Mengqi Ji is to build a levee at the Lamine River.
"Once we have ensured all approvals are in place, we will attempt to locate Mengqi Ji," Chief Geoff Jones said. "This could start as early as next week."
Mengqi Ji was a 28-year-old woman who was reported missing by her husband, Joseph Elledge, on Oct. 10, 2019. After an extensive five-month investigation, Mr. Elledge was indicted for first-degree murder by the Boone County grand jury on Feb. 28, 2020.
"We have a professional, ethical and moral obligation to find Mengqi Ji. She can no longer speak for herself, and there is a man charged with murder, so our efforts will have a profound impact on the lives of many," Jones said. "We have to do this right. Our combined resources will give us the best chance to bring her home."
In our continuous efforts to be transparent, CPD has produced a Community Briefing video providing a brief update and overview of the details involved with constructing a levee at the Lamine River and how this plan will allow us to move forward with our investigation.
We appreciate the assistance of law enforcement and community partners throughout this investigation.
If anyone has any additional information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department or call CrimeStoppers at 875-TIPS. Further information can be found in the probable cause statement, which can be obtained through the Boone County Circuit Clerk. Columbia Police will refer all future inquiries to the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office, as there are no further details that can be released by CPD.
Case number: 2019-010707
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