Obituary: Joseph 'Jody' Lee Elzea Jr., 37, of Hannibal

Posted: Dec. 9, 2019 5:07 pm

Joseph “Jody” Lee Elzea Jr., 37, of Hannibal, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Mo.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel. Burial will follow in the Flint Hill Cemetery.

Visitation celebrating Jody's life will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Jody's memorial page at


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Law enforcement sources estimate the street value of the alleged cocaine at between $75,000 and $100,000.

Ruben Eduardo Villeda Duarte, 26, a citizen of the Central American nation of Guatemala, charged by Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Smith with trafficking drugs in the first degree, an “A” felony that carries a potential sentence of 10 to 30 years.

He was arraigned before Monroe County District Court Judge Michael Wilson on Friday morning, who denied bail.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Villeda Duarte was stopped by Chief Deputy Joe Colston while driving a 2004 Toyota Corolla on U.S. Highway 24, traveling westbound just east of Madison at an alleged speed of 72 mph, 12 mph above the posted 60 mph limit.