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The husband of a missing mother of triplets said he has nothing to do with his wife's disappearance and accused police and the local community of launching a "witch hunt," the Southeast Missourian reports.
James "Clay" Waller, who has been named a "person of interest," told the newspaper that he's been falsely accused in the June 1 disappearance of his wife, Jacque Sue Waller, a 39-year-old mother of young triplets from Cape Girardeau County, Mo.
"It's crazy. I got a helicopter following me every day, police are following me," Waller told the newspaper on Tuesday. "I'll tell you what is not happening is that the cops are not searching for my wife."
"I have not done anything," he reportedly said. "I miss my wife. I hope for a safe return."
Jacque Sue Waller was reported missing June 1 shortly after visiting with her husband at a home in Jackson, Mo., where he was temporarily living during the couple's divorce proceedings. Jacque, who has 5-year-old triplets, had just attended a divorce hearing when she drove to her husband's home at around 4:00 p.m. to pick up her son, Maddox.
But the child was not at the home when Jacque arrived and family members say they believe her husband, a former police officer, lured her to the home to kill her.
Investigators have since named Clay Waller a "person of interest," telling FoxNews.com that he is "not real forthcoming" in providing information to detectives searching for Jacque.
"He's not cooperating the way we hope he would," Jackson Police Chief James Humphreys told FoxNews.com on Tuesday.
Police found Jacque Waller's blue Honda Pilot abandoned along Interstate 55 in Missouri the morning after she was reported missing. Waller's purse, keys and cellphone were not found inside the vehicle, and Humphreys said there has been no activity on her credit cards and phone since her disappearance.
Last week, a woman reported finding Jacque's Blue Cross Blue Shield business cards along another state highway about 8 miles from where her car was recovered. Jacque worked as a manager for the health insurance company.
Humphreys said Tuesday that police searched the home where Clay Waller was temporarily living within 72 hours of the investigation. He said detectives also uncovered valuable information from the woman's computer that he described only as "personal diary type" in nature.
Laura Helbig, a family friend and volunteer, told Fox News on Wednesday that Waller hasn't participated in the hunt for his wife and said he's been seen mocking volunteers out on searches.
Helbig said Waller would "blow kisses, laugh, and flip us off" when driving by in his car during searches for Jacque. She claims the alleged behavior was captured on video.
"I don't think this is the face or demeanor of a man who thinks his beloved wife needs to be found," Helbig said.
Anyone with information on Jacque Sue Waller is being urged to call the Jackson Police Department at 573-243-3151.
FoxNews.com's Cristina Corbin contributed to this report