Missing Monroe City Woman Found Dead

A missing Monroe City woman is found dead in Pike County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the body of 32-year old Amanda Johnston was found Saturday morning in northern Pike County and two subjects have arrested in connection with her murder.

29-year old Jerry Asbell is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action while 37-year old Jessica Ellsworth is charged with tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution.

Asbell and Ellsworth are both from Monroe City.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Asbell shot Johnston Wednesday morning at 3:11 in the St. Jude Cemetery in Monroe City.

No other information is being released.

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