On Thursday, investigators made a discovery near where Jacque Rawson Waller‘s SUV was found abandoned June 2.
On Thursday evening, Jacque’s parents, Ruby and Stan were told that investigators found Jacque’s purse and some contents that had been inside. Ruby knew police were going to continue the search Friday but she hadn’t heard anything more before 5 p.m. Friday.
Ruby said the purse is another piece in the puzzle. She hopes it will lead to other leads.
According to KFVS-12 News, law enforcement officers on Thursday and Friday used rakes and metal detectors to search for Jacque’s personal items in a recently mowed ditch along southbound Interstate 55 near Fruitland.
Police did tell KFVS that some items associated with the Waller case were found in that area. They said they conducted line searches and flagged any items that were found.
The purse was found tattered likely from mowers.
“It was all chopped up,” Stan told the Southeast Missourian.
Jackson Police Chief James Humphreys told KFVS that they were searching areas they couldn’t get to in the summer due to high grass and briars.
He told the Southeast Missourian that the area was last searched in late June or July.
Jacque’s SUV had been found in that area June 2, the day after she went missing. She was last seen near the home of her estranged husband, Clay Waller in Jackson.
Waller hasn’t yet been charged in connection with the disappearance of Jacque. His father told police that Waller confessed to him that Waller killed Jacque and buried her.
Waller has pleaded guilty to making an Internet threat against Jacque’s sister. He will be sentenced on that federal charge in December.