The husband of a Columbia woman, who has been missing since October, has a new judge overseeing his case.
A motion filed by Elledge’s attorney Thursday requested a change of judge, according to court documents. Phone calls to Elledge's attorney and the prosecution were not returned Thursday afternoon.
Boone County Circuit Judge Jeff Harris is now presiding over the case. Previously, Boone County Associate Circuit Court Judge Tracy Gonzalez was overseeing the case.
Dan Knight, Boone County chief prosecutor, described Elledge as the “prime suspect” in the investigation of the disappearance of his wife, Mengqi Ji Elledge.
For the past several weeks, law enforcement from several agencies have been searching the Lamine River for Mengqi Elledge’s body.
The ongoing search has focused on an area under a bridge near the De Bourgmont Access point on Missouri 41 north of Interstate 70.