Missing woman’s husband accused of murder

The husband of a Missouri woman who disappeared after a meeting with a divorce attorney was charged with first-degree murder Monday even though her body has not been found.

Jacque Waller, a 39-year-old mother of young triplets, vanished last June 1. Her estranged husband, Clay Waller, already is in federal prison for threatening his sister-in-law, who has been caring for the couple’s 5-year-old triplets since their mother’s disappearance.

Cape Girardeau County prosecutor Morley Swingle declined to comment on his decision to charge Waller with murder. He also filed two counts of tampering with evidence, accusing Waller of hiding his wife’s body and concealing bloodstained carpet from the hallway of his home in Jackson, Mo., about 100 miles south of St. Louis.

Waller, 41, does not have a listed attorney.

The Wallers were on the verge of a divorce last June, Jacque Waller’s father, Stan Rawson, told The Associated Press last year. They used the same attorney and met with him the day Jacque Waller disappeared.

Her sister, Cheryl Brennecke, became suspicious that evening when she couldn’t reach her. Rawson said Jacque Waller previously confided to Brennecke that Clay Waller had threatened her.

“There is a bit of relief in knowing that charges have been brought against Clay Waller,” he said Monday in a statement.