Dec 04, 2019 12:00 PM

Missouri tree protester charged with trespassing

Posted Dec 04, 2019 12:00 PM


Sutu Forte in the tree photo courtesy KCRG TV


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Columbia woman who spent a week in a tree to protest the city’s plans to build a trail through a private nature area has been charged with trespassing.


Susan Fourcade, known better as Sutu Forte, was charged Monday with first-degree trespassing.


Forte began her protest Oct. 28 in in a tree on the Its Our Wild Nature group’s property. The tree was one of more than 40 trees scheduled to be removed to build a 10-foot-wide path through the property. Forte was removed from the tree Nov. 5 with a fire truck’s hydraulic bucket after she defied a court order to climb down.


The city won the right to put the trail through in an eminent domain action upheld in county and state courts.

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The Latest: Divers continue search for missing Chinese woman

Photo courtesy Mid Missouri Sheriff Dive Team


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The search for a missing Chinese woman in a river in central Missouri has been called off until Wednesday.

Divers searched throughout the day Tuesday for Mengqi Ji Elledge, of Columbia, in the Lamine River in Cooper County. Divers also searched the river last week but didn’t find Elledge, who has been missing since Oct. 8.


After the search was called off Tuesday, police spokesman Jeff Pitts declined to say if any progress was made. Police have not said what evidence prompted them to search the river.


Police have identified her husband, Joseph Elledge, as a suspect but he isn’t charged in her disappearance. He is jailed on $500,000 bond on charges of child endangerment and abuse. The couple has a 1-year-old daughter.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Divers are again searching a river in central Missouri as they look for a Chinese woman who has been missing since October.


The latest search of the Lamine River in Cooper County is scheduled for Tuesday. The Mid-Missouri Sheriff's Dive Team said that it also searched the river last week for Mengqi Ji Elledge but didn’t find her.


Her husband, Joseph Elledge, has been identified as a suspect. The couple has a 1-year-old daughter.


He isn’t charged in her disappearance but is jailed on $500,000 bond on charges of child endangerment and abuse. Charging documents say the abuse occurred in February, and the girl's mother wanted to notify the police at the time, but she gave him another chance after he promised he wouldn’t do it again.