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Police continue landfill search in missing man case

Police continue landfill search in missing man case

June 28th, 2014 in News

Using Missouri Task Force One cadaver dogs, authorities continue their search at Allied Waste landfill for Christopher Cray, who was last seen May 20. Some clues regarding his disappearance have been found in the eastern Cole County landfill and are being investigated. Two men are being held in the Cole County Jail in connection with the man's disappearance.

Jefferson City police have been searching the local landfill the past three days in their investigation into the disappearance of Christopher Cray.

Police officially confirmed they have been "working with Allied Waste to pursue leads at their landfill site that may reveal more information" about the disappearance of the 23-year-old Jefferson City man. The landfill is located at 5605 Moreau River Access Road in the eastern part of the city.

"Evidence we've obtained and information through various interviews, etc., have led us there," said Capt. Doug Shoemaker, Jefferson City Police Department spokesman. "We are not ruling out other locations to search, however."

Crews from the Missouri Highway Patrol and Missouri Task Force One out of Boone County have been aiding police in the search.

The police department has been investigating Cray's disappearance since May 20. Cray was last seen in the area of Schnucks supermarket, 1801 Missouri Blvd. His abandoned vehicle was recovered in Jefferson City on May 26.

Cray's disappearance was considered suspicious because family members said Cray always kept in contact with them. Since his disappearance, Cray missed celebrating his own birthday and the birth of his child.

Two people face criminal charges for allegedly interfering with the police investigation into Cray's disappearance.

Court documents show Adam Nadaniel Moore-Duncan is charged with tampering with physical evidence, and Richard Love has been charged with tampering with a witness.

Authorities claim Moore-Duncan, 25, of 803 E. McCarty St., concealed a body on or around May 22 in connection with authorities' investigation into a "missing person" and obstructed the prosecution of the crime of murder.

Authorities said Love, 25, of 811 E. Dunklin St., "on more than one occasion from June 13-17 threatened the victim during this investigation," including trying to get that person to avoid cooperating with authorities in their investigation into the "disappearance and/or kidnapping and/or homicide" of Cray.

When asked why they haven't classified this case as a homicide yet, Shoemaker said, "We are leaving our options open as to the case classification. The classification is irrelevant to the level of resources we've invested. We are putting an extensive amount of time and exhaustive level of personnel resources to bringing about a conclusion to this case sooner than later, however."

Anyone who might know more about this case is asked to call police department at 634-6400 or the Jefferson City Area Crimestoppers at 659-TIPS.

Shoemaker said the search would continue through the weekend.