Trial date set for Columbia man suspected in wife's disappearance

Joseph Elledge

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A trial date is set for Joseph Elledge, the Columbia man named the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance.

During a court hearing yesterday, a February 25th date was set for Elledge's trial.  He's been charged with child abuse and two counts of child endangerment for injuries found on the couple's young daughter.

Meanwhile, the search of Elledge's wife, Mengqi Ji, continues in Cooper County along the Lamine River.  Dive crews returned to the site yesterday.

Mengqi Ji has been missing since early October.