Episode 217 – Silent Witnesses – The Disappearance of Mengqi Ji

Join us, as we examine the mysterious disappearance of Mengqi Ji. A young mother and brilliant engineer who seemingly vanished into thin air.

You’ll learn how investigators unraveled a shocking and complicated web of lies to discover the truth – a truly one-of-a-kind story about how a grove of Juniper trees solved a murder.

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Research & Writing:
Ryan Deininger

Aiden Wolf

CBS 48 Hours – The Tree that Helped Solve a Murder
Killer Cases – The Exchange Student Murder
Joe News Interview
Missing Person Release
CBS News Timeline
Joe Elledge Appeal
Probable Cause Murder
Probable Cause Murder #2
AP – Missouri Man Describes What Happened the Night His Wife Died
AP – Prosecutor: Husband ‘Prime Suspect’ in wife’s disappearance
AP – Recordings to be heard at the trial in Chinese woman’s death
Columbia Missourian – Trial Day 1
Columbia Missourian – Trial Day 2
Columbia Missourian – Trial Day 3
Columbia Missourian – Trial Day 4
Columbia Missourian – Trial Day 5
Columbia Missourian – Trial Day 6
Columbia Missourian – Trial Day 7
Columbia Missourian – Trial Day 8
Columbia Missourian – Trial Day 9
Child Abuse Hearing (Audio) – Cell Phone recordings
Columbia Daily Tribune Thu, Nov 14, 2019 – Suspect in Missing Woman Case Denied Bond Reduction
Columbia Daily Tribune Sat, Nov 16, 2019 – Police Seek Help Locating Missing Woman
Columbia Daily Tribune Sun, Dec 08, 2019 – Officials Face Challenges in Search
Columbia Daily Tribune Nov. 9, 2021 – Joseph Elledge Admits to Burying Mengqi Ji’s Body
The Kansas City Star Sun, Mar 01, 2020