PARIS, Mo. | A man was charged on Saturday afternoon with murdering a missing Monroe city woman.
Jerry Asbell, 29, of Monroe City, was charged with the alleged first-degree murder of Amanda Johnston, 32, by Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick Smith. Additionally, he was charged with armed criminal action. He is being held in the Monroe County Jail without bond.
According to the charging document, Asbell could face up to life imprisonment with no parole, or the death penalty if convicted on the first-degree murder charge.
Jessica Ellsworth, 37, of Monroe City was charged with felony tampering with evidence in the alleged murder case. She is in the Macon County Jail, according to police.
Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Eric Brown said Johnston's body was found off a road in rural Pike County early Saturday morning after an extensive four-day search.
HANNIBAL | General Mills presented a $35,000 check to The United Way of the Mark Twain Area for the COVID-19 response fund on Thursday at its plant in Hannibal.
The General Mills Foundation has committed $1 million to aid communities most impacted by the novel coronavirus through a gift to United Way agencies across the country. Funding will provide emergency assistance to people experiencing poverty with resources for food, shelter, childcare and other support.
CENTER, Mo. | Deacon Windsor began in career in education as a high school teacher and football coach at Mark Twain High School in 1994. He now returns as the new principal of the school after leaving his previous post in 1999.
The Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce has been in constant contact with area businesses through their Facebook group, providing links to the latest information related to running a business amid the COVID-19 pandemic and planning a webinar to answer questions with experts in real-time