Missing woman found dead in Pike County

1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago Saturday, August 08 2020 Aug 8, 2020 Saturday, August 08, 2020 3:08:00 PM CDT August 08, 2020 in News
By: Hannah Norton, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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PIKE COUNTY - A woman who the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported missing and "possibly in danger" Thursday was found dead in Pike County Saturday morning. 

The MSHP said in a tweet Thursday morning that the Monroe City Police Department was searching for Amanda Johnston, 32. 

The tweet said that Johnston had not been seen for "an extended period of time" and asked citizens to call the Monroe City Police Department or MSHP with any information. 

Johnston was found dead in Pike County around 5 a.m. Saturday, according to a new tweet by the highway patrol. 

According to another tweet Saturday afternoon, the Monroe County Prosecutor charged Jerry B. Asbell Jr., 29 with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Jessica M. Ellsworth, 37, was charged with a felony for tampering of evidence.

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