Who is Joseph Elledge? Wiki, Biography, Age, Charged, Mengqi Ji Murder, Trial

Joseph Elledge

Joseph Elledge Wiki – Joseph Elledge Biography

A Missouri jury deliberated for nearly seven hours before returning a guilty verdict for Joseph Elledge, charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Mengqi Ji.

Elledge reported his 28-year-old wife missing on October 10, 2019. Her remains were found in a state park in March, as CrimeOnline reported.

Elledge had previously been found not guilty of first-degree murder in 2020, when Ji’s body had still not been found, according to KOMU.


His age is unclear.

 Mengqi Ji Murder

It’s been more than two years since any of Ji’s friends saw her last. One of Ji’s close friends from college said he’d missed his friend every single day.

“She was a very smart, very wise and a caring mother, a very dedicated and hardworking student, and a very loyal employee,” Dawei Li said.

The two met at the same college back in China. Ji came to the United States and attended the University of Missouri for additional schooling. When she returned to China, Li said she was an inspiration for him and many others to come to MU.

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When Ji’s remains were found, Li said it was hard to fathom losing a friend. As Elledge’s murder trial went on, Li said he continued to check for updates and fight and hope for justice for Ji.


During the trial, Elledge’s defense admitted that he killed his wife, but it was unintentional. His attorney, Scott Rosenblum, called her death a “tragic accident” when he pushed her during an argument.

But prosecutors presented evidence that Elledge often physically threatened Ji and wrote he labeled “grievances” in a journal about “how much he hated Mengqi.”

Jurors were shown images of the shallow gravesite where a hiker found her remains in Rock Bridge State Park — the same park where Elledge proposed to Ji.

Elledge testified about Ji’s last hours and what happened after she died. He said he put Ji in the trunk and their toddler daughter in the backseat and drove to Jefferson City for a shovel, then went the next day — again with the couple’s daughter in the car — to the park to bury her.

“It took a half an hour to 45 minutes to bury her,” Elledge said.

When his attorney asked how he felt now, Elledge answered, “Ashamed and stupid.”