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New Release - Missing person/Homicide


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News Release
FROM: Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson
DATE: 06/22/2022
As previously reported by this office, Jessi Wilfong was reported missing by her mother on May 25, 2022. An intensive investigation began at that point. The investigation led to the issuance of a search warrant on June 15, 2022, at a residence in Cape Girardeau County. From the evidence collected and other information obtained from the investigative process, it was suspected that foul play was involved in the disappearance of Ms. Wilfong.
On June 18, 2022, information led deputies to a location in close proximity to the previously searched residence. Subsequent investigation revealed the site of a recently dug portion of ground inside of a barn structure. Excavation of the area revealed the remains of Jessi Wilfong.
On June 20, 2022, an autopsy was performed on Jessi Wilfong's body. The autopsy findings indicated Wilfong's cause of death was a homicide.
As of today (6-22-2022), the Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorneys' office has filed charges against Teresa L. Baumgartner for Tampering with Physical Evidence in a Felony Investigation. The investigation remains ongoing, and additional charges are anticipated against one or more individuals.
The Charge of an offense is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.