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Investigators receive numerous phone calls about Waller case

Thursday, June 9, 2011 ~ Updated 5:07 PM

Submitted photo Jacque Waller, shown with one of her three children.
The Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad was releasing no new information Thursday afternoon on the disappearance of Jacque Sue Waller, except that police are following up on leads that have surfaced since Monday -- when the team of investigators made a plea for the public's help.

The mother of triplets has not been seen since June 1 in the area of Woodland Drive and North Neal Street in Jackson.

Since Monday the squad has received numerous phone calls after police asked for information from anyone who saw Waller's vehicle between 4 and 8:30 p.m. June 1, Jackson Police Chief James Humphreys said. Waller's blue Honda Pilot was found abandoned on Interstate 55 near the 105 mile marker, several hours after she was first reported missing. The police suspect foul play in her disappearance.

"We're just trying to check anything we can, land or water," Humphreys said.

Investigators are also looking for information on where and when the public may have seen a red GMC Sierra pickup belonging to Jacque Waller's estranged husband Clay Waller and a fishing boat that at one time may have been on a black trailer attached to the truck. The squad seized and searched both the truck and boat last week.

Clay Waller, a former Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department deputy, was named as a person of interest, not a suspect, in his wife's disappearance. Jacque Waller was in Jackson to finalize divorce proceedings and pick up her son from Clay Waller's home on Woodland Drive. He told authorities last week she left from his home on foot after the two argued about their divorce. They'd been married 17 years.

No one has reported seeing Jacque Waller after leaving Clay Waller's temporary residence at 1121 Woodland Drive.

The major case squad will likely be activated until the case is closed, Humphreys said Thursday. Normally, the team is activated for 72 hours but has continued to extend operations due to regular leads developing in the case.

"We just need to keep going as long as we can with as many people as we can," he said.

Check back for updates on this story and photos of a prayer service for Waller in Farmington, Mo., later at www.semissourian.com.



Pertinent address:

Woodland Drive and North Neal Street, Jackson, MO

1 Black Knight Drive, Farmington, MO

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Any word on what the Gibb's are saying, since he was apparently living in one of their homes?

-- Posted by ethicsinlife on Thu, Jun 9, 2011, at 5:02 PM

What about the new cameras they put in at I-55 there are Fruitland, do they run all the time? If so, is it good enough to see anything from that night?

-- Posted by justwondering2011 on Thu, Jun 9, 2011, at 5:13 PM

we are dealing with a bunch of Barney Fife's in this town...scary!

-- Posted by coffeplease35 on Thu, Jun 9, 2011, at 7:36 PM

Please..I hope everyone is talking about this to their co-workers and friends...maybe somebody will remember just a minor (to them) detail that will be very important to the police!

-- Posted by Catbert on Thu, Jun 9, 2011, at 8:48 PM

I guess nobody in the neighborhood saw Jacque walking down the street in the 100 degree weather? COME ON. Who takes off walking going Lord knows where in the middle of a heatwave when they've got a vehicle sitting in the driveway. So sorry but nothing about that adds up to me. If people would look at the INITIAL explanation I'd say most of the case is solved.

-- Posted by wow1000 on Fri, Jun 10, 2011, at 8:13 AM

It appears that the major case squad is being judicious about what information they release to the public. This is not an indication of incompetence. Their first duty is to solve the case, not keep the public informed. The latter will come soon enough.

-- Posted by Mark Rutledge on Fri, Jun 10, 2011, at 8:47 AM

I have to agree Mark since I know firsthand one of the investigators. Their onto it. And remember, the FBI is unofficially involved now. I got faith in them.

-- Posted by Topo_Gigio on Fri, Jun 10, 2011, at 11:49 AM

I guess I'm having a hard time understanding... if she arrived at the husband's home with the intention of picking up her child, and the child wasn't there, why didn't she get in her vehicle and drive to where ever the child was? I don't know many babysitters who keep children late in the evenings... maybe unless this person was a close friend or something? I don't see why she'd waste much time walking around (in ungodly temperatures) when she had a child to pick up?

-- Posted by wow1000 on Fri, Jun 10, 2011, at 1:02 PM

I don't believe for one second that she left his house on foot. She would have gotten in her car and left, but I'm pretty sure her husband didn't let her leave. He's the only one saying she walked!!

-- Posted by Mom*of*4 on Fri, Jun 10, 2011, at 8:26 PM

I think this was a total pre-meditation thing. I think whoever is responsible had this planned for a while, and they knew completely how to rid of most of the evidence.

-- Posted by wow1000 on Sat, Jun 11, 2011, at 8:14 AM

They will get to the bottom of it...just give them time. It hasn't went national for a reason.

-- Posted by Topo_Gigio on Sat, Jun 11, 2011, at 10:07 AM

Please God, let her be found.

-- Posted by boogsie on Sat, Jun 11, 2011, at 3:00 PM

I wonder if the cooling water remaining in the boat engine was analized or if it even could be, to possibly identify where the boat was run last. Maybe a clue. Prayers for the family and friends.

-- Posted by EZ Rider on Mon, Jun 13, 2011, at 10:35 PM

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