Physique present in Missouri state park positively recognized as lacking Chinese language lady

2021-04-07 02:42:45

COLUMBIA, MO (KCTV) — In line with the police division, the human stays discovered at Rock Bridge State Park in Columbia have been recognized as these of a Chinese language lady who has been lacking since Oct. 2019. 

In line with the Columbia Police Division, the physique was positively recognized as that of Mengqi Ji through dental data. 

“That is one other step in a really thorough, persevering with investigation that began in October 2019,” stated Columbia Mayor Bryan Treece. “As a result of Columbia Police and lots of different companies by no means gave up, the sufferer is called: Mengqi Ji.”

“From right here we’ll proceed to look at bodily proof and observe any further investigative leads generated by the restoration of Mengqi Ji’s stays,” stated Assistant Police Chief Jeremiah Hunter, who notified Ji’s mother and father her stays had been recognized. 

“There are different households of violent crimes struggling, and we proceed to work their circumstances,” stated Police Chief Geoff Jones. “We ask for the general public’s assist in fixing these crimes.”

Ji was first reported lacking again on the night of Oct. 10, 2019 by her husband Joseph Elledge. He stated he had final seen her on the evening of Oct. 8, 2019 when she went to mattress and that she was lacking when he awoke on Oct. 9. 

Throughout their investigation, Columbia police discovered proof {that a} baby Ji and Elledge shared had been abused. “Detectives discovered possible trigger to arrest Elledge for baby abuse, and he was remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail,” a launch from the police stated. 

Police additionally discovered that Elledge had visited a number of conservation areas surrounding Boone County within the time earlier than he reported Ji as a lacking particular person. 

Through the investigation, police used the situation historical past of his cellphone and had been capable of finding that he frolicked in a single particular location greater than wherever else: the De Bourgmont Entry of the Lamine River at Freeway 41. He spend 45 minutes there, police say. 

Joseph Elledge was indicted for first-degree homicide by a grand jury on Feb. 28, 2020 in Boone County. He stays remanded to the Boone County Jail.

The investigation continued and police had been notified on March 25, 2021 by park rangers {that a} hiker had positioned doable human stays whereas at Rock Bridge State Park. 

Whereas processing the scene, a number of gadgets had been discovered that had been in step with gadgets that reportedly belonged to Ji. 

As beforehand said, dental data have now recognized these stays as Ji’s. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

Columbia police are asking anybody who is aware of something to name the police division at 573-874-7652, or attain out to CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477) to stay nameless.

In line with the Related Press, “Ji obtained a grasp’s diploma in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the College of Missouri in December 2014. She beforehand attended the East China College of Science and Expertise in Shanghai.” is now with you on the go! Get the most recent information updates and video, StormTrack5 climate forecast, climate radar, particular investigative stories, sports activities headlines and way more from KCTV5 Information. 

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