Police search farm for missing woman's remains
ST. JAMES - The Phelps County Sheriff Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol searched Monday for the remains of a woman who was reported missing in May.
Jacquelyn Auten-Metz, 52, was last seen with her boyfriend, Jessie Lee Bockover, on the 21000 block of County Road 3644 in April, police said.
Police investigated Bockover twice and noticed inconsistent statements regarding Auten-Metz's disappearance. Bockover then became a person of interest in the case. Officers attempted to interview Bockover a third time but were unsuccessful.
Bockover was found dead on the 21000 block of County Road 3644 from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.
The Phelps County Sheriff Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol received information suggesting Auten-Metz's remain may be located on a rural farm in St. James and initiated a search of the grounds utilizing cadaver dogs.
Officers received a positive alert and began to excavate the area with heavy equipment. After several hours of digging, no remains were found.
Authorities will continue their search using cadaver dogs.
Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Auten-Metz is encouraged to call the Phelps County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigation Division at (573) 426-3860.