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Jacque Waller case gets national attention

Waller's blue Honda Pilot was left abandoned on June 1. Waller's blue Honda Pilot was left abandoned on June 1.
"We hope someone saw something out there, possibly someone on vacation who drove 55," said Police Chief James Humphreys. "We hope someone saw something out there, possibly someone on vacation who drove 55," said Police Chief James Humphreys.
Investigators hope someone traveling through the area noticed something. Investigators hope someone traveling through the area noticed something.
JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

It's a story that has touched the Heartland, and now her story is now reaching a national audience.

Jacque Waller disappeared more than six weeks ago, and her family hopes the national spotlight will spark new leads.  Her blue Honda Pilot was left abandoned on June 1 at the 104.8 mile marker off interstate 55 northbound near the Fruitland exit.

Investigators hope someone traveling through the area noticed something. 

"We hope someone saw something out there, possibly someone on vacation who drove 55," said Jackson Police Chief James Humphreys.

But is national attention a good thing?  A man who knows all to well is Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter.

"48 Hours Mystery" aired a story about the Mischelle Lawless murder. Lawless was 19 when she was killed in Scott County in 1992. Walter keeps a picture of her on his desk to remind him to never give up on the case.

"We're working on that everyday," Walter said.

Walter says the attention did generate a lot of false leads, wild theories, and even psychics.

"We also have had some good tips from people who saw the show," Walter said. "I actually just did another interview about a month ago."

The national media is also starting to put the pressure on Jacque Waller's estranged husband Clay Waller. More and more reporters are wanting to hear from him. 

However, Clay Waller continues to decline requests for interviews, but on Thursday Waller's attorney Scott Reynolds released the following statement: "Clay misses his wife and kids. He sympathizes with the Rawson family. Clay had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance. With an ongoing investigation we are not going to try this case in the media. Clay Waller hopes Jacque is found alive.There is still no evidence a crime has been committed."

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