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Mengqi Elledge
Mengqi Ji

Columbia police start criminal investigation in missing person case

Columbia police have started a criminal investigation into the case of a missing woman.

Mengqi Ji Elledge, 28, was last seen at her home on Eastwood Drive late on the night of Oct. 8. Her husband says he woke up early the morning of Oct. 9, and she was gone.

Joseph Elledge
Joseph Elledge

Detectives now say they suspect foul play in her disappearance. CPD says she is 5’2″, 105 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Elledge’s husband, Joseph, was booked into Boone County Jail on Friday on suspicion of child abuse or neglect. He has a $500,000 bond. The 24-year-old was scheduled to have his first hearing on Monday afternoon.


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