Missouri authorities have made a surprising finding that they hope to confirm that Joseph Elledge murdered his wife Mengqi Ji Elledge nearly two days before reporting his disappearance.
According to People, authorities were able to retrieve a note in which the 23-year-old man remembers himself mentioning his wife, 28, at the present time after his alleged disappearance was announced last October.
Prosecutors in the case say the woman was killed on October 8, the day Elledge claims to have seen her for the last time before going to sleep. But the suspect's phone memory shows he visited an isolated river where he spent around 45 minutes that night.
In addition, they found recorded messages in which he appears apparently hostile to his wife.
"I'm ready to finish talking to you forever," he says in a message, according to authorities.
According to the evidence presented by the authorities, Elledge reportedly told his wife that he wanted a divorce but did not want to spend a lot of money in the process. For that reason it would have assassinated it and it made disappear the corpse, according to the version of the police.
"We are going to prove in this trial that he killed his wife," Boone County District Attorney Dan Knight said in early February of Elledge, who is currently being prosecuted for a different case.
Until Wednesday. Elledge had only been charged with child abuse or neglect in a case unrelated to the disappearance of his wife, but which came to light in the investigation. With the new evidence, authorities have charged him with murder, according to People.
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