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Blood evidence was found at Clay Waller's house, father says

Friday, July 22, 2011

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Paula Martin of Jackson hikes through a wooded area northeast of Cape Girardeau Sunday, June 26, 2011 in search of her friend Jacque Waller. Around 30 friends and family members led the search for Waller who has been missing since June 1.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Attorney Scott Reynolds said a paraphrase that used the word "proves" was misappropriated to a statement he made that his client, Clay Waller, had nothing to do with Jacque's disappearance. Reynolds said he has evidence that does not prove, but rather supports, that Clay Waller was not involved in her disappearance. Reynolds' direct quote was as follows: "I have substantial evidence Clay was not involved in the disappearance."

There have been mumblings for weeks that blood was found somewhere in the house where Clay Waller was staying at the time of his wife's disappearance.

On Thursday, Jacque Sue Waller's father said rumors of blood are true.

"I've seen it," said Stan Rawson, a former deputy sheriff and police officer in the St. Louis area. "But that's all I'm going to confirm. There's a ton of evidence. ... Just suffice to say there is blood evidence. I saw the evidence bags."

When prodded, Rawson -- who met with law enforcement again Wednesday to discuss the case -- also acknowledged that the blood was found in the Jackson house where Waller was staying. Rawson wouldn't elaborate further, he said, for fear of compromising the investigation into his daughter's June 1 disappearance.

The 39-year-old mother of triplets was last seen at the house in Jackson where her husband, Clay Waller, was staying, though he has since moved. Her SUV was found abandoned near Fruitland along Interstate 55 with a flat tire. On July 13, an area resident found her business cards near a mailbox along Highway 177, fewer than 10 miles from where her vehicle was found.

Police have called Clay Waller a person of interest in the disappearance and said that they suspect foul play.

Waller's lawyer, Scott Reynolds, wouldn't say whether he had any knowledge of blood evidence. But even if there was, Reynolds said, it doesn't prove anything.

"If that's true, why are police still stating that Clay is not a suspect?" Reynolds said. "If they have that evidence, it's amazing he's still not listed as a suspect. Police have also said that they have no evidence that a crime has been committed."

If the evidence does exist, it may or may not be relevant, Reynolds said, adding that just knowing that there was blood raises more questions than it answers: "How much blood? Whose blood? How long had it been there? A few drops? A couple pints? And why would someone not clean it up if a crime had been committed?"

And Reynolds said they have "substantial" evidence of their own -- evidence that proves that his client had nothing to do with Jacque's disappearance.

"My heart goes out to the Rawsons, they're good people," Reynolds said. "But I'm very confident with the evidence we have that shows Clay had nothing to do with it. We are still hoping for Jacque's safe return."

Law enforcement officials said they would not comment on any of the evidence collected as part of the investigation, including blood evidence.

"We don't want to jeopardize the case in any way," Jackson police chief James Humphreys said. "We're not willing to discuss that."

But Humphreys did say that they have around 260 leads in the investigation that officers are tirelessly running them down "until they turn into something or they don't."

Investigators have sent some potential evidence to the state crime lab and the FBI is investigating others, Humphreys said. It may seem to some like the wait has been lengthy, but Humphreys said that this is not the only case that the labs are concerned with.

"We're not the only missing person case or homicide case in our state," he said. "It's obviously a priority to us, but we're in line behind other cases and those cases are a priority to them. But we're still waiting on those lab results that may lead us in another direction."

The story of Jacque Sue Waller's disappearance has garnered national attention, with stories running on ABC's "Good Morning America," Fox News and most recently, a brief segment on Wednesday night's edition of Nancy Grace that included Humphreys and Jacque Waller's sister.

Humphreys is still confident that Waller will be found.

Family and friends of the missing woman have organized numerous searches since she disappeared.

"We're still searching," he said. "We hope we find her soon."

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wow is all i caN SAY what tangled webs we weave

-- Posted by pbguy27 on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 4:20 AM

an i thinks jacques dad jepordized the case enough him being a ex cop he should know first hand not to go running his mouth to the media about what evidence was collected

-- Posted by pbguy27 on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 4:22 AM

What happened to the other reporter? Guess we better get ready for a 10-part mini-series huh? "Crime of Passion"...The Jacque Waller story. Where's that Keller Feller?

-- Posted by larrybob on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 6:16 AM

I understand you're in pain and want to find your daughter, but please, don't release any more information, i.e. there was blood in the house. When they finally do have the evidence to arrest and charge him you don't want anyone to have the opportunity to say he couldn't get a fair trial - it will only delay the sentence to hang the jerk.

-- Posted by beekeeper on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 8:01 AM

This case is being tried right here, I hear they are going to have the hanging at the end of Broadway, bring your own

Lawn chairs and beer.

-- Posted by jrjmo on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 8:06 AM

If

"Law enforcement officials said they would not comment on any of the evidence collected as part of the investigation, including blood evidence."

"I've seen it," said Stan Rawson, a former deputy sheriff and police officer in the St. Louis area.

So Rawson is claiming Jackson LEOs shared evidence with him? Thus, he is sharing the Jackson police department jeopordized the investigation.

Lets think these comments thru, now why would the police share evidence with a family member who may or may not have taken part in the crime?

Either the police were negligent in sharing evidence or Stan is a big fat fibber.

-- Posted by contagious on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 8:14 AM

this sound like a 'plant' story to make clay nervous.. there is obviously not enough evidence to even make an arrest. they're wanting him to slip up... not a bad idea but kinda transparent.

-- Posted by peter_grant on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 8:18 AM

If there was blood evidence taken at his residence, and it matches his wife,it could come from anything. However, we would now say that it is tainted evidence because this ladies family has caused prejudice by interferring with the investigating officers. And just because Stan Rawson was a former deputy sheriff, and police officer in the St. Louis area does not give credit to this story.

-- Posted by billsheppard52@gmail.com on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 8:38 AM

Mr. Rawson, what are you thinking? I'm sure the police aren't happy with you. You're family should stop making public statements and keep looking for clues to your daughter's whereabouts. The interview on Nancy Grace was terrible. All Cheryl said was Clay murdered Jacque and he just wanted his pick of the "litter" with the triplets. It sounded ridiculous. Even Nancy Grace didn't sympathize.

-- Posted by Agnes on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 9:26 AM

If Reynolds has "evidence" that Waller had nothing to do with it, why has he not given that or proven that so the police will look elsewhere??? Is he still making it up as he goes??

-- Posted by cartman on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 9:28 AM

Blood? knife cut, period, nosebleed, punched, pimple? From what?

-- Posted by vietnamvet on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 10:17 AM

Are the searchers looking for and into abandoned wells in the area ?

-- Posted by cloud watcher on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 10:30 AM

Jacques family can not contain their emotions.

Hope someone from child services is paying attention to the obvious mental abuse the children are being exposed to by Jacques family.

-- Posted by pigskin on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 11:04 AM

Jacque's children deserve to be in a loving, non-hostile enviroment! Anyone following this story can clearly see the Rawson's have issues.

Many are starting to see Jacque'a family have crossed the line. They have blown national coverage opportunities that could have been used to generate leads.

Ask yourself why they would purposefully sabatage efforts to generate leads about Jacques whereabouts? Keeping in mind Stan's police experience could have also been used for less than stellar purposes.

-- Posted by pigskin on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 11:56 AM

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Once again, the self-righteous citizens of good ole' southeast Missouri is passing judgement! All that flat land makes for some well rounded thoughts, ideas, etc. "Hanging on Broadway..."'. GEEZ

-- Posted by ELW34 on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 1:22 PM

Why are you people blaming the Rawsons for jeopardizing the investigation? The Missourian is the one who has no respect for the investigation and is making this information public. Just because the Rawsons may share some confidential information with the Missourian doesn't mean they have to report it.

-- Posted by Bentley on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 1:38 PM

Benley, "The Missourian is the one who has no respect for the investigation"

Review the last week of national coverage and the Rawson facebook pages. Stan and the rest of the Rawsons have been making this and other outrageous claims for weeks.

I agree, kids would be much better off in a neutral enviroment.

-- Posted by coke zero on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 2:00 PM

The Southeast Missourian is doing alot for this family....how many newspapers do you think would put a story in the paper practically everyday to help them....how ungrateful!

-- Posted by Agnes on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 2:03 PM

All of this unwanted attention will go away if Clay will tell us where he was during the time in which she went missing.

All of this unwanted attention will go away if Clay will at least help out with the search to find his wife, the mother of his children.

I have absolutely no sympathy for Clay. He has brought on this harassment himself and I hope it continues until he can cooperate with the police.

As for the Rawsons: yes they are emotional and they have probably said too much. But what do you expect? They have been fearing that their daughter would be at least abused for the last year since they have decided to get a divorce! Then the very day that she goes to have the papers signed she is missing and her husband isn't doing squat. Yeah, they have every reason to hate this man. It cannot be good for the kids to see this happening between their grandparents and their birth father (he isn't even worth being call dad). But if I had to choose who the kids would be with, it would be with Jacque's sister. Clay needs to be as far away from those kids until the investigation/case is over.

-- Posted by gehagge on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 2:23 PM

What is the substantial evidence that Reynolds has??? Why has he not "cleared" his client? Reynolds himself sat in county jail for months for trying to kill his girlfriend, so I'm sure that he can relate to Waller. But why not clear his client if he has the means to do so??

-- Posted by cartman on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 2:47 PM

This truly just makes me sick... the comments that are being made on here. One can never understand how another feels without having been there themselves.

-- Posted by Hot Dog on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 4:39 PM

The Waller's are on a vendetta to get Clay at any cost even if it involves lying .

As for going on national tv what good could it do when they already know who did it ? the only thing it does is allow the family to badmouth Clay and raise some more money for the family through donations.

As for Clay helping out in searching for her do you really think they would allow him to ? i read on her site today where they had heard rumors that he might come to a fundraiser that they are having for her next week and was wondering what there legal options were for stopping him as far as i am concerned Stan and Cheryl and the rest of the family have no credibility at all they have serious issues that they need to deal with.

-- Posted by fsteve65 on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 5:49 PM

This was on "Indide Edition" today (should run again late tonight and threw the weekend).

AND I've been told that Nancy Grace is in town doing interviews with the family.

-- Posted by timexx on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 6:10 PM

I meant "Inside Edition"

-- Posted by timexx on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 6:11 PM

OMG! Has this stupid little town not heard of such a thing as innocent until proven guilty. Get a grip people and quit acting like such idiots.

-- Posted by kimbrown001 on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 6:13 PM

If there was blood in the home.....IF then evidently it must not have been to substantial if it has only still just made Waller a person of interest....and if there was blood, what was the blood like, old, dried, tacky, splattered or just showed up with a forensic light, don't forget they were married and i assumed she lived in that home at one time so blood could have come from anything......i'm just shocked at how much the case is being jeopardized with these public releases, you can blame whoever you want for those releases but any have wit lawyer could get a lot of this thrown out in court because so much is getting compromised for a fair trial.....as far as Clay helping i think he said in the newspaper that if they wouldn't spend so many resources on him it would help to find his wife, thats him voicing his opinion, i agree with the earlier comment that even if he showed up to a search or fundraiser he wouldn't be welcomed and thats just asking for a bad ordeal.....as far as his were abouts whatever he told police must have passed if they haven't made him anymore then a POI....people forget that if hes done wrong here he has THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT, anything he says or does can be used against him in a court of law...he says hes told them all he knows so i dunno what else he can say(unless he's not telling the truth, which isnt my place to decide).....until a body(dead or alive) or evidence is produced he is innocent till proven guilty, if a day comes that proves otherwise thats what he is a innocent man.....instead of all the back and forth, bashing and thrashing we should focus our efforts and prayers on a positive outcome and justice for both victims, Jacque and her family and also for Clay, for if he had nothing to do with this

he has also endured and lost a lot as well

-- Posted by irish6524 on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 6:14 PM

Well said irish6524.

-- Posted by kimbrown001 on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 6:34 PM

Can't they use google earth.The one you have to pay for.Sit people in front of computers and look with the paid google earth.Look at some of the things people have found by accident with google earth.Google called them secret places and they named that right.Some of the things that are here on this planet are secrets thats for sure.

-- Posted by no1netfan on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 7:52 PM

I am surprised to find any comments supporting Jacque's family on here. I've found that negative Clay Waller comments disappear quickly on these comment sites. You can't be too blunt or honest here....especially when elmo's around.

-- Posted by BN on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 9:03 AM

BN, Honest? Really? Did Stan out and out lie or did Jackson police share evidence with a potential suspect?

Get real. The more the Rawsons cry wolf, the guiltier they make themselves look.

When you accuse a relative who has not been charged or convicted of a crime, you open the door to accusations like ---- Where are the Rawson's hiding their daughter? ---- Especially when they put their energies into gathering funds for the community rather than launching searches those first two weeks.

-- Posted by Dick888 on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 9:25 AM

Gehagge, No one knows what crime has been committed, let alone who the victims are.

-- Posted by Dick888 on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 9:51 AM

bumbling....I can hardly wait for this case to be proven so you will understand how ridiculous your comments have been. You're preaching to the choir if you think you can convince me that the Rawson's have said or done anything out of line.

-- Posted by BN on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 9:55 AM

Yeah, BN... my comments in support of the family were taken off but these lunatics supporting the suspicious activities of Clay Waller are staying on.

-- Posted by gehagge on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 1:42 PM

gehagge....Again, can't wait until Mr. Waller is proven guilty. I've absolutely no doubt he will be.

-- Posted by BN on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 3:44 PM

He sure is guilty of something. Maybe obstruction of justice for not revealing where he was at during the time in which Jacque first went missing? f

Everyone is innocent before proven guilty. However, he is certainly casting a ton of suspicion in his case of innocence. If they find actual evidence that he threatened his wife with death if she went through with the divorce, then he certainly loses some of his innocence. I don't think there is anyone else in her life that hated her as much as he has. He is certainly a person of interest.

-- Posted by gehagge on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 4:09 PM

I don't understand how people are saying such terrible things about how they are handling this. I guess I didn't know there was a protocol for how to act when your child goes missing. They're hurt, scared, damaged, etc. etc. Nothing prepares you for this.

-- Posted by wow1000 on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 5:42 PM

pbguy27....A fool and his money are soon parted.

-- Posted by BN on Sun, Jul 24, 2011, at 2:43 PM


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