Deputies arrest Clay Waller


Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins

CAPE GIRARDEAU — A person of interest in the case of a local missing mother of three is in jail Friday.

Investigators said the charges Clay Waller faces are completely unrelated to his estranged wife's disappearance.

Here's what Clay Waller faces: a harassment charge from a complaint that Waller threatened to kill someone just a few days ago.

The victim claims Waller said I'm "coming to kill you right now".

That's a "Class A" misdemeanor.

He also faces a "Class B" felony for stealing by deceit which involves appropriating a $55,000 check with the purpose of depriving a local company of that money.

From day one, Jacque Waller's parents have said Clay Waller killed their daughter, because he was threatening to do so for quite some time. Since then, Jacque Waller's sister gained custody of her three children, 5-year-old tripletts, and her parents have spent countless hours searching for her body. They say they'll rest easier now, because Clay is behind bars.

"She cries herself to sleep at night," Jacque's father Stan said of his wife. "She wakes herself up at night crying. She gets up in the morning, 4 o'clock in morning. I'll hear her in here crying."

Since their daughter's disappearance on June 1, Stan and Ruby Rawson have cried many tears. But on the phone Friday night they told us it's not just anguish they've felt but fear concerning Clay Waller.

"Not knowing where he was, I felt for my daughter," Ruby Rawson said. "She has the children. I was afraid he might decide to come up here. A desperate person will do a lot of desperate things."

"This is the first time in a long time that we don't have to sleep with a gun beside the bed," Stan Rawson said.

And although Clay Waller's charges are un-related to Jacque's disappearance, the Rawsons think the arrest will only help investigators crack this case.

"I dont think he'll rat himself out at all but thats not to say his friends won't, now that they dont have to deal with him," Stan Rawson said.

Waller was arrested just after 6 p.m. Friday. Bond is set is $65,000. He's being lodged in the Cape Girardeau County Jail.

Deputies stressed Waller's arrest is not in connection to his wife's disappearance.

If you have any information in the Jacque Sue Waller case, you are urged to call the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office at (573) 243-3551.