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2nd charge against Missouri man whose wife disappeared

November 18, 2019 GMT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man suspected in the disappearance of his wife in Columbia is facing an additional charge.

KMIZ-TV reports Boone County Prosecutors Dan Knight on Monday filed an amended complaint adding a first-degree child endangerment charge against Joseph Elledge, who previously was charged with abuse or neglect of a child.

The revised complaint accuses Elledge of grabbing or striking a minor child between Jan. 1 and Feb. 12.

Prosecutors have called Elledge the prime suspect in the disappearance of his 28-year-old wife, Mengqi Ji Elledge, who has been missing since Oct. 8. He has not been charged in his wife’s disappearance.

The couple have a 1-year-old daughter.

Elledge is currently being held in the Boone County jail on $500,000 cash-only bond.

The next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 26.

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Information from: KMIZ-TV, http://www.abc17news.com