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 | Gov. Mike Parson met with Hannibal leaders and law enforcement officials to discuss violent crime on Tuesday at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
Parson and Director of Public Safety Sandy Karsten have been traveling around the state to meet with law enforcement, city officials, judges and legislators to come up with ideas to curb the rise of violent crime in Missouri.