Boone County Medical Examiner Expects Identification of Human Remains Friday | Local

The Boone / Callaway County Medical Examiner’s Office expects an identification of the human remains found last week to come on Friday.

Boone County Medical Examiner Dori Burke confirmed to KOMU 8 News that the office is contracting out a forensic odontologist. The forensic anthropologist in the case is an employee of MU.

The anthropologist will look for signs of injury, Burke said. Burke was also at the scene where the human remains were found last week.

On Thursday, a hiker at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park came across human remains and contacted authorities. Officials said the remains were found nearly a mile down the Gans Trail and about 30 feet from a road.

Columbia Police and city officials held a media briefing Thursday night on the remains. The Columbia Police Department said it believed the bone remains found belonged to Mengqi Ji, a woman from Colombia who has been missing since October 2019. It cannot say with absolute certainty that these remains belong to Ji, but authorities found Ji’s driver’s license and credit cards nearby. , as well as clothing and “other items” that the authorities believe belonged to him.

Ji was reported missing from Columbia on October 10, 2019. She was last seen on October 8, 2019 by her husband, Joseph Elledge. Elledge faces first degree murder charges and his three-week jury trial is scheduled to begin on November 1.

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