CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) – Relatives of Jacque Waller say they remain hopeful that the case of the missing Missouri woman will be resolved despite the death of a potential witness.

Waller is a Cape Girardeau mother of triplets who has been missing since June 1. Her estranged husband, Clay Waller, has not been charged but allegedly confessed to his father that he killed Jacque Waller by breaking her neck during a fight.

But the Southeast Missourian reports that Clay Waller’s father, James Waller, died Tuesday. He had been bedridden with an assortment of illnesses and prosecutors had sought to depose him and preserve his testimony in case he died. A judge denied the request because no charges had been filed against Clay Waller.

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