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JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

Jackson's police chief says his department is now taking the lead in the Jacque Waller case.

James Humphreys says they're moving forward without any new information from the last person to see the missing mother of three.

"We're trying to fill in the blanks without his help, basically," Humphreys said late Monday morning, referring to Waller's estranged husband Clay.

Humphreys says police have not spoken to Clay Waller since June 7, the same day Waller set up an interview with Heartland News to, he said, share his side of the story.  Waller did not show up for that interview.

Investigators are still working with Waller's original account, that he and Jacque got into a fight around 4 p.m. on June 1 and she left on foot from a home on Woodland Drive in Jackson.

I asked Chief Humphreys if he would expect Clay Waller to provide more information.

"I would expect that (concerning) the mother of his children, that he would be wanting to contact us each and every day to find out what's going on with the investigation, absolutely. But we haven't heard from him at all," Humphreys said.

"Does that bother you?" I asked. "It, I think would concern any reasonable person," he answered.

Now that his department is leading the investigation into Jacque Waller's disappearance, Humphreys says his investigators are running down all the leads generated by the Cape-Bollinger County Major Case Squad.

"We had generated close to 200 leads," Humphreys said, including surveillance video, names of possible witnesses, and evidence sent off for lab testing.

"We've sent off numerous evidentiary items that we're waiting to get analysis on that will lead us in more directions," the Chief said.

Humphreys also stresses Jacque Waller's family remains cooperative and "very supportive" of their efforts. He says they met with her parents the evening of June 10 to tell them the Major Case Squad would be standing down and his department would be taking the lead in the case.

"And they were totally understanding of where we were at, what we were doing, what's forthcoming, and basically that de-activating the Major Case Squad had nothing to do with ending the investigation," Humphreys recalled.

He also says, even without the Major Case Squad, his officers are still working with investigators from the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office, Cape Girardeau Police Department, and Missouri State Highway Patrol. They are also still consulting with the FBI.

"With all these leads also comes paperwork and reports on these leads," Humphreys said.  "And that's kind of where we're at, at this point. We've had some great leads. We've had some leads that come in that obviously lead you in another direction."

Since so many people have asked how they could help we have set up 2 funds at US Bank.  Two funds have been set up at US Bank by Jacque's family.

The "Jacque Waller Family Fund" is for the children and "Justice for Jacque Reward Fund" is to establish a reward fund for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Jacque's disappearance.

Family members say they would like to raise $20,000 for the reward.

[Learn more about the search for Jacque Waller.]

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