Body of missing Monroe City woman found; murder charge is filed
Big Story Takeover

Body of missing Monroe City woman found; murder charge is filed

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.

More Headlines

The United Way of the Mark Twain Area receives donation from General Mills
News

The United Way of the Mark Twain Area receives donation from General Mills

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.

Throwback Cruise strengthens ties
Events & Festivals

Throwback Cruise strengthens ties

Steve Dungan started first cruise in 2012, and yearly event is open to everyone to cruise Broadway

Route A bridge reopens
News

Route A bridge reopens

The Ralls County Route A bridge across the Salt River reopened to traffic Friday morning after being closed for repairs for three months, announced the Missouri Department of Transportation

American Legion Auxiliary holds district meeting
Community

American Legion Auxiliary holds district meeting

District 1 American Legion Auxiliary President Linda Maddox conducted the most recent American Legion Auxiliary district meeting at the Hannibal Emmette J. Shields Post 55 on Sunday, Aug. 2

New Mark Twain principal goes back to where it started
News

New Mark Twain principal goes back to where it started

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.

Family seeking cemetery's annexation
News

Family seeking cemetery's annexation

Property located east of Clark Street

Galleries join forces
Events & Festivals

Galleries join forces

Second Saturday Open House will temporarily replace Gallery Night

2020 Summer Reading Program concludes
Community

2020 Summer Reading Program concludes

Hannibal Free Public Library's Summer Reading Program has come to an end

Area businesses benefitting from online updates, social media
News

Area businesses benefitting from online updates, social media

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

Things to Do