Clay Waller charged with murder.

Clay Waller charged with murder.

Clay Waller is charged with murder and tampering with evidence.
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Clay Waller, 41, is charged with first degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with his wife, Jacque Waller, according to Cape Girardeau County Prosecutor Morley Swingle.

Jacque Waller went missing last June 1, 2011, after meeting her estranged spouse, Clay Waller, at their divorce attorney’s office. Her abandoned car was subsequently found near the Fruitland, Missouri, exit on I-55. Since then hundreds of hours have been spent by both law enforcement and volunteers combing Cape Girardeau County searching for Waller and evidence in the case.

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Waller was 39 at the time of her disappearance and had just made arrangements to move to Farmington, Missouri with her triplets, then five years old. Since that time, they have been living with Jacque’s sister and brother-in-law who have temporary custody of the children.

 

Jacque Waller has been missing since June 1, 2011.  Her body has not been found.  She was 39 at the time of her disappearance.  Jacque and Clay had 5-year-old triplets at the time of her disappearance.

Waller is currently in a Louisiana prison.  He was sentenced to five years behind bars in federal court after pleading guilty to threatening his sister in law on the website Topix last year.

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Clay and Jacque were going through the process of divorce.  According to court documents, Clay Waller signed documents to start the divorce process, but would not leave them with his lawyer.  He encouraged her to do the same, according to court documents.

Jacque had talked to her sister over the phone around 3:50 p.m. on June 1 and told her she was going to pick up her son from Clay’s home and return “straight home.”  She then talked to her boyfriend on the phone around 3:56 p.m. and told him she was picking up her son and would return home.

According to court documents, Clay’s girlfriend told police she and Clay were supposed to have dinner together with his son and one of her children, but he met her at a local business parking lot and indicated to her he would not be having dinner with them.  He later asked her to keep his son overnight at her home, which she had never done before with Clay not there also.

The homeowner and a neighbor told police they saw Jacque’s Honda Pilot at Clay’s home and later saw Clay leave in his truck pulling a boat.

On Monday, June 6, investigators found blood splatter on the walls of a darkened hallway.  It did appear an attempt had been made to clean the walls, according to court documents.  The DNA profile of the blood from the hallway was the same DNA profile as Jacque.
Statement from Jacque Waller’s family on murder charges

This morning, Morley Swingle, Prosecuting Attorney for Cape Girardeau County (MO) filed first degree murder charges against Clay Waller in the disappearance of his wife, Jacque, last June 1. He is being held on a one million dollar bond.

Speaking on behalf of his family, Jacque’s father, Stan Rawson said, “There is a bit of relief in knowing that charges have been brought against Clay Waller. Perhaps he will finally feel compelled to reveal the location of our daughter and sibling, mother and friend, Jacque Waller.

We are extremely grateful to the law enforcement team that has spent countless hours investigating Jacque’s disappearance as they put together their case against Clay. The case is now in the hands of the prosecuting attorney, and we are confident that we will now finally get justice for our girl.

Over the last ten months we been the recipients of amazing support from people around the world  we are especially thankful for their many prayers and good wishes and ask that those continue. What we want more than anything, however, is to have Jacque home with her family and finally at rest. We ask that people respect our privacy as the case against Waller unfolds. It is now in the hands of the courts.”

Jacque Waller went missing last June 1, 2011, after meeting her estranged spouse, Clay Waller, at their divorce attorney’s office. Her abandoned car was subsequently found near the Fruitland, Missouri, exit on I-55. Since then hundreds of hours have been spent by both law enforcement and volunteers combing Cape Girardeau County searching for Waller and evidence in the case. Waller was 39 at the time of her disappearance and had just made arrangements to move to Farmington, Missouri with her triplets, then five years old. Since that time, they have been living with Jacque’s sister and brother-in-law who have temporary custody of the children.

Waller is currently serving five years on federal charges for making Internet threats against Jacque’s sister, Cheryl Rawson Brennecke.

On June 8, investigators searched a crawl space and found broken spider webs and it appeared the dust on the floor of the crawl space had been disturbed.

Investigators found a large amount of green carpet cut into several pieces in the crawl space.  Areas of the carpet had apparent blood stains and blood pooling was evidence on the carpet.  The blood matched the DNA of Jacque’s.

Clay told investigators Jacque’s nose had started bleeding while in the house and she tripped on the green carpet as she ran to clean it up.

Clay told investigators he had removed the carpet from the hallway because he did not want the owner of the home to find it and think something bad happened, according to court documents.

Clay then told police after Jacque was cleaned up, they began to argue about financial issues.  He said he became angry and threw her keys into a tree.  She told him she would walk to a friend’s house and he watched her walk away.  He said she had her purse with her when she left.  He then told investigators he got a broom handle to get the keys from the tree and put them on the windshield of her vehicle.

According to court documents, Clay then said he left the house, but did not take his cell phone with him.  He said over the next few hours, he drove around the Cape Girardeau area and at time would leave his truck to use the bathroom in wooded areas.  He also told police he would park roadside to read or work on crossword puzzles or work on the boat that was attached to his truck.

Jacque’s laptop was recovered and police found a diary in which she detailed alleged threats from Clay threatening to kill her if she left him, according to court documents.

A Missouri Department of Transportation worker found a camera bag in a ravine on Nov. 3, 2011 in a ravine on the southbound side of Interstate 55.  That is across from where Jacque’s Honda Pilot was found abandoned on June 2.

The last phone calls to come from Jacque’s cell phones were at 6:02 p.m. to a co-worker and 6:03 p.m. on June 1 to Clay’s cell phone.  Both were missed calls.

The area had recently been mowed.  Jacque’s purse, parts of cell phones, her driver’s license, credit cards and other items thought to be from Jacque’s purse were found.

Court documents say Clay was “largely uncooperative, and at times, intentionally obstructive to the investigation by concealing/destroying suspect evidence, planting false evidence and deliberately misleading officer in their effort to locate his wife.”

Waller is currently in a Louisiana prison.  He was sentenced to five years behind bars in federal court after pleading guilty to threatening his sister in law on the website Topix last year.

In a released statement, Jacque’s family said there is a bit of relief in knowing that charges have been brought against Clay Waller and they are looking for forward to getting justice for Jacque.

We will have much more on Heartland News and kfvs12.com as details come in.  Stay with us for details.