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Jacque Waller's remains found in Cape Girardeau County

9:30 PM, May 30, 2013   |    comments
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CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - Nearly two years to the day of Jacque Waller's disappearance, the Cape Girardeau County prosecutor has confirmed her remains were found Wednesday.

Jacque was 39-years-old when she was last seen in June 1, 2011 after meeting her husband of 17 years, Clay Waller, to finalize plans for a divorce.

Dozens of searches for Jacque since that date had turned up nothing.

According to the Southeast Missourian, several law enforcement officials, including an FBI agent, were spotted Wednesday on a wooded island called Devil's Island in the Mississippi River near McClure, Ill.  Authorities have not disclosed where Jacque Waller's body was found.

In October 2011, Clay Waller pleaded guilty to threatening Jacque's sister on the Internet. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

In September 2011 Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Ferrell said in federal court that Clay Waller admitted to his father, James Waller, he had killed Jacque and dumped her body in a hole. 

James Waller died in December 2011.

In April 2012 first-degree murder charges were filed against Clay Waller for Jacque's death. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in August. His trial is scheduled to take place this fall.

The triplets are living with Jacque Waller's sister.

NewsChannel 5 contacted Clay Waller's attorney, but is not ready to comment on the discovery or confirm the last time he spoke with Waller.

The prosecutor's office released the following statement late Thursday afternoon:
"On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, a body was recovered by law enforcement. It has been confirmed that the body is that of Jacque Sue Waller, who has been missing since June 1, 2011. Because this is an on-going investigation and involves a pending criminal case, there will be no further comment from this office or any other agency."

After the announcement, Jacque's family posted the following statement on the Facebook page Find Jacque S Waller:
"It is with a heavy heart I deliver this message. Our daughter, mother, sister and friend has been found. God has planned everything well to place us in this very moment. God guided the law enforcement officials, searchers, K9s and most of all the prayers being sent to the prison to weigh heavily on clays mind. We thank everyone of you who has supported us and assisted us in this terrible nightmare. We have no arrangements as of yet but we will be able to lay our Jacque Sue to rest....finally. God Bless you all!"

Jacque's friend says the family is relieved to finally have some closure.

Timeline of the case:
June 1, 2011: Jacque Waller disappeared
Sept. 2, 2011: Clay Waller charged with threatening Jacque's sister on the Internet
Oct. 3, 2011: Clay Waller pleads guilty to Internet threat charges
Jan. 3, 2012: Clay Waller sentenced to five years in prison
April 23, 2012: Clay Waller charged with murder
May 29, 2013: Jacque's remains found
Sept. 2013: Clay Waller scheduled to stand trial

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