CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — Missing Jackson, Missouri mother of triplets, Jacque Sue Waller, shared with her good friends and co-workers, Kristin and Elizabeth, concerns she had about threats her estranged husband, James “Clay” Waller, made about her and her three young children.
For more than a year before she went missing Jacque told Kristin and Elizabeth that Clay bombarded her with death threats. They said not only did he threaten to kill her but he also threatened to kill their children. Jacque wanted out of the marriage but Clay was resistant. Read: Plans to leave volatile marriage on-again, off-again.
During this time Jacque told both Elizabeth and Kristin that Clay finally said he’d agree to a divorce – but there was a catch. He’d only agree if he could have Maddox, their only son and one of the triplets. He told Jacque she could keep their two daughters, Avery and Addison.
Elizabeth said Jacque told him “No!” and said she’d never agree to that. Kristin said Jacque told Clay the children were not puppies and that they couldn’t be split up like that.
Clay’s response, Jacque said, was, “If that’s the case, I’ll take you out of the picture.”
Kristin recalls that when Jacque asked Clay if he would really do that and leave the children without a mother or a father, Clay told her that they’d have to prove he did it for anything to happen to him, and that they aren’t going to be able to prove anything.
In the summer of 2010 Kristin says Clay took the triplets on a camping/fishing trip. Jacque told her that she was worried that Clay may run off with the children, or do something to harm the children.
Jacque told Kristin and Elizabeth that before he left town with the kids Clay called her at work and asked if she wanted to meet and tell the kids good-bye.
Her friends and co-workers remember the horror in Jacque’s voice when she recounted what Clay had told her – that she should “take a picture of the triplets, because this may be the last time you ever see them.”
In late February/early March of 2011, Jacque had to remove the triplets from their daycare because she could no longer afford it.
She told Kristin that Clay hadn’t worked for quite a while and that she was the only one supporting their family financially. Jacque told Clay she needed him to watch the kids while she worked. During the first week he watched them he left them in the care of someone Jacque didn’t know so he could fly his helicopter.
Kristin said Jacque was upset and said that it was bad enough he [Clay] wasn’t supporting them financially, and that the kids had to be removed from daycare, but she couldn’t believe that he wouldn’t watch them so that she could work.
Because of all the threats to her and the children’s lives, and the fact that she couldn’t trust Clay to watch the kids while she worked, Jacque told her friends that she was going to, once and for all, move to her sister’s house in Farmington. She moved there in late March and went missing June 1.
Both Elizabeth and Kristin said they’d fear for the children’s emotional and physical well-being if they were placed in the care of their father, Clay Waller.
For more on what Jacque endured over the past year read: Jacque Waller’s co-workers, friends say threats turned to domestic violence.
Clay’s lawyer, Scott Reynolds, said those were just threats, it doesn’t mean he had anything to do with Jacque’s disappearance. His client, Clay, claims his innocence and says police and his community are on a witch hunt. Read: Ex hires lawyer with troubles of his own.
Jacque’s friends and family disagree and believe Clay had everything to do with Jacque’s disappearance.
Donating to help with the care of the triplets
Caring for three young children – making sure their needs are met physically and psychologically – is immense.
You can help by donating to the “Jacque Waller Family Fund.”
Donations can be made at any US Bank. For a location near you visit www.usbank.com. A reward fund has also been set up, so if you want your donation to go to the triplets please indicate “Jacque Waller Family Fund” on your check.
Safe House for Women
There is help for women in crisis who are victims of domestic abuse.
In the Cape Girardeau / SE Missouri area – Safe House for Women – Local Hotline Number 1-800-341-1830.
Outside the SE Missouri area – National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-SAFE (7233.)
Jacque, 39, went missing on June 1, the day Cape Gireardeau County Sheriff’s Office reports she was to file for divorce. Reports say both Clay and she met with lawyers that day to discuss their impending divorce.
Clay is the last known person to see Jacque before she vanished and is the only person of interest in her missing persons case that police have classified as “endangered missing.” Police say they believe Jacque’s disappearance was staged to look like an abduction.
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Police ask if you see Jacque or have any information to call Jackson Police (573) 243-3151.
The police are interested in a Red 2009 GMC Sierra pickup truck with 4 doors during this same time frame.
The truck may have been pulling an aluminum V-bottom boat with an 8-horse Johnson motor on the black trailer.
Jacque’s car, a blue 2006 Honda Pilot, MO Plates HA5-D5J was found in I-55 near the 105-mile marker (near Jackson/Fruitland) abandoned and with a flat tire.
Would you like to donate to the triplets or the reward fund?
Two funds have been set up with US Bank:
The “Jacque Waller Family Fund” for care of the triplets; and
The “Justice for Jacque Fund” which offers a reward for the information leading to Jacque
Find a US Bank location here: www.usbank.com.
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