SE Mo. mother missing for 9 months

JACKSON, Mo. (AP) - Relatives of Jacque Waller say that nine months after the southeast Missouri mother of triplets disappeared, they remain optimistic that charges will be filed in the case.

Waller was last seen June 1 after the leaving the home of her estranged husband, Clay Waller, in the town of Jackson. Authorities say she is presumed dead. Her blue Honda sport utility vehicle was later found abandoned near Fruitland, a few miles away.

Authorities have labeled Clay Waller a person of interest in the disappearance, but no charges have been filed. However, Clay Waller is serving a 5-year term in federal prison after pleading guilty to threatening Jacque Waller's sister in an Internet posting.

The couple's triplets, now 6 years old, are living with Jacque Waller's sister in St. Francois (FRAN'-sihs) County.

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