Cape Girardeau
The community of Cape Girardeau is shook up by a woman's disappearance and the subsequent ensueing investigation. Image: barriehol/Flickr/CC BY

The estranged husband of a missing Cape Girardeau, Mo., woman, the mother of triplets, denies that he has been mocking search volunteers. Investigators say they have found “blood evidence” and consider the husband a “person of interest” in the case.

Husband last to see her

Jacque Sue Waller, 39, disappeared on June 1, the day her divorce to James “Clay” Waller was to have been finalized. The last time she was seen was when she went to see her estranged husband to pick up her son. When she learned the boy wasn’t there, Mr. Waller told the police, they got into an argument and she left on foot. He says he soon left the house himself and when he returning about two hours later he noticed that her car was missing.

The car was later found later abandoned on nearby Interstate 55 with one flat tire. Police believe the scene was staged to appear like an abduction.

Blood evidence found

According to the Southeast Missourian, police have been suggesting for weeks that blood evidence has been found at the husband’s residence, though no specifics have been released. He has not yet been named a suspect in the case, but they are calling him a “person of interest.”

Bizarre behavior

Others are saying Waller is exhibiting very strange behavior toward the volunteer searchers. One volunteer, Laura Helbig, said “When he sees a group out searching he will get their attention by driving slow, he blows kisses, laughs and likes to flip them off. The police chief in Jackson will attest to the fact that every time Clay sees him, he flips him off.”

The Jackson, Mo., chief of police, James Humphreys, said simply that Waller is “not cooperating the way we hope he would.”

Attorney to the defense

James “Clay” Waller’s lawyer, Scott Douglas Reynolds, took exception and questioned the efforts of investigators.

“He has cooperated. I know some of the police — I’m not going to get into specifics — but some of the tactics they have used in this case I question. …We’ll get into that at the appropriate time. … I do have respect for the police, but like I say, there are some things that have been going on here that in 22 years of practicing law I have never seen.”

Family believes husband guilty

Jacque Waller’s parents, Stan and Ruby Rawson have been quite vocal in their belief that Mr. Waller is responsible. Recently they appeared on the talk show “Good Morning America” to discuss their suspicions.

Ruby Rawson recounted a conversation she had with her son-in-law about her daughter’s disappearance in which Waller claimed to have nothing to do with it. Rawson says she replied: “Yeah, you did, and you know you did because of all the threats you’ve been saying to her over the last year.” Allegedly, Waller had  threatened his wife with harm if she went through with the divorce.

“He tore my family to pieces” Stan Rawson told the hosts of the show. “I have no doubt in my mind.”


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