Group Raises Money for New Search for Missing Columbia Woman

More than seventeen thousand dollars is now raised by a campaign organized by the Missing Person Support Center in just over a week for a new search for missing Columbia woman Mengqi Ji Elledge.

A Boone County grand jury indicted Mengqi’s husband Joseph Elledge in February for first-degree murder for the death of his wife.

Investigators believe Elledge strangled his wife and disposed of her body in a river.

A trial is scheduled for June 2nd.

The Missing Person Support Center says the money raised will go toward building a levy on the Lamine River to make it safe for divers to retrieve Mengqi Ji.