LEADINGTON, MO (KFVS) - Friday is a somber anniversary for many people in the Heartland.
June 1, 2011, was the last time anyone saw Jacque Waller.
Investigators say she and Clay Waller got into a fight at a home he was staying in on June 1 of last year.
The homeowner and a neighbor told police they saw Jacque's Honda Pilot at Clay's home and later saw Clay leave in his truck pulling a boat.
Jacque's SUV was later found abandoned on Interstate 55 just south of Fruitland.
Five days later, investigators found blood splatter on the walls of the home. A DNA test showed it was Jacque's blood.
Law enforcement, friends, and volunteers have organized many searches for Jacque's body, but have found little clues about where her body is.
In late April, murder charges were filed against Clay Waller.
He's charged with first degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence.
He's set to appear in court on Monday in Jackson.
Also, U.S. Assistant Attorney Larry Ferrell says arguments are set in St. Louis regarding Waller's appeal of his five year federal prison sentence he's serving after pleading guilty to Internet threat charges.
Clay Waller is currently in prison in Louisiana.
"All these things come down like a ton of bricks," said Stan Rawson, Jacque's dad. "These things you think you will forget but then they hit you in the face."
From day one the Rawson's knew their daughter wouldn't just walk off and leave her children.
"They were the light of her life, she loved them babies," said Ruby, Jacque's mom.
The Rawson's were convinced all along, that their daughter had been murdered.
"It bothers you so bad, the way the kids miss her so bad and how she would have loved to have been there and see the different things they are doing," said Stan. "Graduating from kindergarten, and things like that."
Clay Waller's been locked up since July. He's now charged with murder.
"We would hope that he would tell us where she is, that would be some measure of peace, not a lot but some," Ruby said.
"We used to think the death penalty would be ideal, but we've come to the conclusion that would be too easy," Stan said.
They only hope to someday get the call that her body's been found.
"They've probably all walked past her grave," said Stan. "They have the area dialed down to a couple of miles square."
Police and volunteers refuse to give up.
"These people are still searching," said Stan.
Through the pain the Rawson's hold tight to their faith.
"The good Lord has been good to us through this whole thing," said Stan.
And, they continue to pray for strength.
"We know this next six months will be just as bad or worse because we'll have to relive it again," said Ruby. "We'll be there, got to be there for Jacque and for the kids, got to see that justice is served for her."
Clay Waller who's in prison in Louisiana will make his first court appearance on the murder and tampering with evidence charges on Monday in Cape Girardeau County.
As that part of the case plays out, the focus remains on Jacque.
There's evidence of that Friday night with an upcoming prayer service and a 5K run/walk Saturday in Cape Girardeau to show support for the missing mother's children.
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