Man of missing Columbia woman faces additional charge

Mengqi Ji & Joseph Elledge

The husband of a missing Columbia woman is now facing an additional charge related to their young daughter.

Joseph Elledge, 24, was charged Monday with child endangerment for allegedly grabbing or striking his daughter earlier this year.  Elledge was charged last month with child abuse.

Although Elledge has not been charged with his wife's disappearance, The Boone County Prosecutor called him a prime suspect last week.

Mengqi Ji Elledge was reported missing by her husband October 9th.  Last Friday, investigators asked hunters and landowners to keep their eyes open for anything that could shed light on Mengqi's whereabouts.