Authorities resumed the search Wednesday for the body of missing Columbia woman Mengqi Ji Elledge after failing again to find her on Tuesday.
Austin Walker of KOMU 8 reports that the scene of the search looks different on Wednesday: the crane on the bridge normally used for removing debris from the Lamine River is gone and only one search boat is in the water.
Search teams have been looking for her body in the Lamine River in Cooper County near a bridge on Missouri 41, including one day during Thanksgiving week and four days last week.
Columbia Police Department spokesman Jeff Pitts reiterated the logistical issues that have come up during the search: access to equipment, low water temperature, low visibility in the water and a build-up of debris in the river.
She was reported missing Oct. 10 by her husband, Joseph Elledge. According to a probable cause statement, he is the subject of the investigation into her disappearance. Joseph Elledge is also charged with child abuse and neglect and is held in the Boone County jail.
Investigators said prior to reporting his wife missing, Elledge drove around several rural areas near Columbia. They have repeatedly said they believe they are searching the appropriate area to find her remains.